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Volume 108, Number 10 November 2011

Published in Gippsland Diocese since 1904

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Love me, love my dog
and bless him too
pages 4 & 5
Anglican women to
celebrate 50 years
Page 3
Defence Sunday is
about people
pages 6 & 7
Memorial garden at Metung
THE congregation of St Johns
Metung and St Nicholas Lakes
Entrance came together on
Sunday, 0ctober 2, 2011, for the
blessing and dedication of a
memorial garden in the grounds of
the Metung church. Bishop John
McIntyre and Reverend Canon
Barbara Logan officiated.
The idea for the memorial gar-
den at St Johns had been under
consideration for some time, with
many in the congregation con-
cerned about and desiring to
remain in the place they called
home and the distance to the near-
est cemetery.
In having the faith to plan and
build the memorial garden, the
congregation hopes that many will
take advantage of this quiet corner
of peace and contemplation, as a
place to remember and a place to
spread the ashes of their loved
Ian Harris designed and created
the garden, capturing a sense of
peace. George Verbeek designed
and built a stone seat, adding to
the natural colors and materials
used throughout the garden.
The garden is testament to the
generous local community and the
hard work of members of the con-
gregation. It was assisted by a
grant from the East Gippsland
Shire Council Community Small
Grants Scheme.
LEFT: A section of the memorial
garden, where gravel paths mean-
der among gardens made of sand-
stone rocks and native plants, in
the shade of mature trees. Ruth
Cross, on right of picture, speaks
about the development of the
memorial garden.
ABOVE: George Verbeek and Ian
Harris with the stone seat in the
memorial garden. Ian designed
and created the garden, while
George designed and created the
stone seat.
Photos: Jeanette Severs
2 Our Diocese - Missions and Ministries November 2011
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Memorial garden ...1
AWA celebration ...3
Celebrating St Francis 4,5
Remembering people 6,7
Color in picture ...8
Games, fruit, music ...9
Diocesan calendar 10
Siblings in care 11
Clergy ministry 11
Parish fair at Foster 12
Metung gathering 13
Friends of St Pauls 13
Ordaining women 14,15
Heyfield parish 16,17
Media reviews 18,19
News & pictorial 20
The Right Reverend John McIntyre
Anglican Bishop of Gippsland
IT IS certainly true that generosity is the
benchmark of all Christian giving, but justice is
an imperative for Christian giving. Our volun-
tary giving to the ministry of the church is a re-
sponse of gratitude for the grace with which we
have been met by God in Christ. Justice de-
mands that, if we claim to be Christian, there
are times when we simply know we must give.
In either case, generosity is still the benchmark
of Christian giving.
Picture the prophets of old as they visited the
villages and towns of ancient Israel. By what
criteria did they assess the godliness of those
communities? Their first port of call was in-
evitably not to the leadership but to the widows
and orphans; those likely to be most disenfran-
chised in the community. If there was no justice
for them, the whole community in which they
were found was considered to be ungodly.
It did not matter to the prophets how well most
people were doing, or how generous their giving
was for the place of worship, or for the life and
work of the religious institutions of the day. If
the widows and orphans were neglected and un-
able to participate in the common wealth of the
community, then the community was consid-
ered not pleasing to God.
The demand of God is the demand for justice,
especially for those least likely to expect it. We
show we are truly committed to God when in
compassion, we respond to the imperative of
Gods demand for justice with generosity. Such
giving is markedly different from the giving that
is our freewill response to Gods love for us. It
is demanded of us and it is the sure sign of our
commitment to God and the concerns of God.
This truth lay at the heart of the Word of God
as spoken by the prophets.
In our time, those most disenfranchised in our
communities continue to include our indigenous
sisters and brothers. One of the most debilitating
realities any human being can face is to be un-
justly dispossessed of your land and, if you are
fortunate enough to survive the slaughter, to
have no choice but to live on in that land with-
out access to its wealth.
The past injustice of dispossession without
reparation, often accompanied by murder and
outrageous violence, is perpetuated by the on-
going injustice of now being unable to partici-
pate fully in the wealth procured from that
which in the first place was unjustly taken from
you. This continues to be the plight of Aborig-
inal and Torres Strait Islander people in so many
parts of this country.
This is no less true for Gippsland than it is for
any other part of our country. As it was for the
prophets of old in their time, so it is for us in
our time. The plight of those most disenfran-
chised is the measure of our godliness. Accord-
ingly, responding to their need is a demand of
justice on us and not a freewill choice for those
Christians who may happen to be concerned
about those needs.
I invite you to contemplate your response to
the ongoing needs of the Aboriginal ministry of
our diocese in the light of this reflection. I be-
lieve our response to the needs of this ministry,
in which Phyllis Andy and Kathy Dalton as
priests carry the daily burdens, is a demand of
justice on all of us.
It is not only a matter of occasional or volun-
tary support if we happen to be concerned about
it. Our commitment to God and our claim to
godliness have no better measure than our giv-
ing to this ministry among us.
I challenge each Anglican and each parish as
a whole to consider this possibility, even if at
first it does not seem obvious to you. Could it be
that in Gippsland the measure of our faith and
the hope of the renewal of faith in our churches
and communities, is the financial health of our
diocesan Aboriginal Ministry Fund? If you want
to know how the fund is going, the answer is
this. After a healthy kick start, it is now floun-
dering. Strangely enough, that bears a remark-
able resemblance to what often happens in our
faith journeys!
Having faith leads to giving
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The Gippsland Anglican
Anglican women 50 years old in 2012
By Jeanette Severs
THE demise of the Anglican Women of Aus-
tralia organisation in Gippsland diocese, an-
nounced at the recent annual general meeting,
will be marked with a celebration of 50 years of
mission and ministry in March next year. AWA
began in Gippsland in 1962 and has had a long
and successful history as the umbrella organi-
sation for women in the Anglican church.
Unfortunately, Gippslands AWA has strug-
gled to attract members into leadership roles in
recent years, marked at last years AGM by the
sudden departure of the then president and lack
of succession plans for the other roles. The re-
maining executive members formed a steering
committee, along with a few past executive
members, to discuss the ongoing existence of
At this years AGM, after a year of reflective
discussion among themselves, with members
and in consultation with Bishop John McIntyre,
AWA Gippslands executive recommended the
organisation cease to exist.
At the AGM, Bishop John spoke about the
lack of interest in taking on leadership roles and
quoted St Paul when he said the task is done and
it is important to acknowledge there are times
and seasons for Gods work in the church.
This is a time of completion for this form of
womens ministry in Gods church, Bishop
John said.
Of concern was losing the opportunity to cel-
ebrate AWAs 50 years of ministry among
women in Gippsland diocese, so March 6, 2012
has been set and the executive is meeting in No-
vember to finalise preliminary plans. The day
will get underway with refreshments at 10am,
followed by 10.30 am worship and a celebra-
tory lunch at St Pauls Cathedral, in Sale.
AWA has had a very active role in the diocese,
and its leaders have included some past
Bishops wives who were very keen on
womens ministry. The editor of The Gippsland
Anglican will work with members of AWA to
bring together some of the stories of individuals
and the group and is keen to hear from women
with stories to tell.
Past national and Gippsland diocesan chair-
person of AWA, Annabel Gibson, said it was
important to go out with a bang rather than a
whimper, by celebrating 50 years of womens
ministry through AWA in Gippsland; and its
role in gathering people together and raising
money for missions and special projects.
At the AGM on October 11, at Sale, members
heard from treasurer, Jan Misiurka, that $1,239
was raised this year for the AWA special project,
the Newton College Theological Library up-
The bulk of missions money raised was for St
Barnabas Abbey, at ABeckett Park; $8,483.95
was raised by members in parishes across Gipp-
sland diocese. Other missions to benefit from
AWA fundraising included the Seeds of Peace
project in Rwanda, $500; Bush Church Aid,
$500; Aboriginal Ministry, Gippsland, $500;
Gippsland Home Mission Fund, $500; and $435
was donated to sewing parcels. The St Barnabas
Abbey Special Project saw members raise
$1,214,75 to support families to stay at the
Ethel Armstrong encouraged women to con-
tinue knitting and collecting stamps and corks.
The work will be collected at diocesan and
church gatherings by me, or someone in your
parish will forward your work to me for CMS,
Ethel said.
Ena Sheumack House at The Abbey of St
Barnabas, made possible by funds raised by
AWA, will definitely be dedicated in 2012,
Bishop John said.
TOP: Nell Jones (Maffra parish), Matte Lanigan (Heyfield) and Bettie Luxford
(Avon) were catching up on news.
MIDDLE above: Claudette Morgensen, Esme Hill and Yvonne Lane, of Traralgon.
ABOVE: Heather Baker, Gloria Baker and Joan Less, all of Maffra parish.
FAR left: Merrill Johnston (Drouin) and Ethel Armstrong (Warragul).
LEFT: Judy Tulloch, of Avon parish.
BELOW left: Elizabeth Crichton of Warragul parish was on the trading table.
Photos: Jeanette Severs
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OCTOBER 4 is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, known
as the patron saint of animals and the environment. Pro-
nounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX on July 16, 1228, St
Francis is one of the two patrons of Italy (with Catherine of
Siena) and it is customary for Catholic and Anglican
churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals around his
feast day of October 4.
On Sunday, October 2, Bunyip parish celebrated in honor
of St Francis of Assisi with Bishop Michael Hough cele-
brating the eucharist for a congregation of 18 people, 14 dogs
and one cat.
In his sermon Bishop Michael spoke about how St Francis
came to commit himself to the work of renewing the Church.
Initially, when God called him, telling him: rebuild my
church, Francis believed he was being told to rebuild a ru-
ined church building near where he lived. After he rebuilt it,
he came to realise God was really calling him to rebuild the
Church: the faith community; Christs body on earth. St
Francis, whose compassion went beyond humanity to em-
brace the whole of creation, taught us to honor creation. We
are meant to be carers of the earth and all its inhabitants, not
only human kind.
Following the eucharist, the animals were brought up to be
blessed. Other parishes that celebrated with a pet blessing
service included Lakes Entrance and Metung, Bairnsdale,
Morwell and Sale.
Saint Francis of Assisi was born Giovanni Francesco di
Bernardone on October 3, 1226. He was one of seven chil-
dren born to Pietro di Bernardone, a rich cloth merchant, and
his wife Pica, who was originally from France. Pietro was
in France on business when Francis was born and Pica had
him baptised as Giovanni di Bernardone in honor of Saint
John the Baptist, in the hope he would grow to be a religious
When his father returned to Assisi, Pietro took to calling
him Francesco (the Frenchman), possibly in honor of his
own commercial success and enthusiasm for all things
French. Francis lived the high-spirited life typical of a
wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi,
going off to war in 1204.
On February 24, 1209, according to Jordan of Giano, Fran-
cis heard a sermon that changed his life. The sermon was
about Matthew 10:9, in which Christ tells his followers they
should go forth and proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven was
upon them, that they should take no money with them, nor
even a walking stick or shoes for the road. Francis was in-
spired to devote himself to a life of poverty.
Clad in a rough garment, barefoot, and, after the Gospel
precept, without staff or scrip, he began to preach repentance.
He was soon joined by his first follower, a prominent fellow
townsman, the jurist Bernardo di Quintavalle, who con-
tributed all he had to the work. Within a year, Francis had
eleven followers. Francis chose never to be ordained a priest
and the community lived as lesser brothers.
He founded the mens Franciscan Order. His order was en-
dorsed by Pope Innocent III in 1210. Francis then founded
the Order of Poor Clares, which was an enclosed order for
women, as well as the Third Order of Brothers and Sisters of
Penance. In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert
the Sultan. By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to
such an extent that its primitive organisational structure was
no longer sufficient.
Francis returned to Italy to organise the order. Once his or-
ganisation was endorsed by the Pope, he withdrew increas-
ingly from external affairs. In 1223, Francis arranged for the
first Christmas manger scene. In 1224, he received the stig-
mata, making him the first person to bear the wounds of
Christs Passion. He died in 1226 while preaching Psalm
141. St Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures
in history.
Nature and the environment
MANY stories surrounding the life of St Francis deal with
his love for animals. Perhaps the most famous incident that
illustrates the Saints humility towards nature is recounted
in the Fioretti (Little Flowers), a collection of legends
and folklore to evolve after the Saints death.
One day, while Francis was travelling with some compan-
ions, they happened upon a place in the road where birds
filled the trees on either side. Francis told his companions to
wait for me while I go to preach to my sisters the birds.
The birds surrounded him, intrigued by the power of his
voice and not one of them flew away.
Another legend from the Fioretti tells that in the city of
Gubbio, where Francis lived for some time, was a wolf ter-
rifying and ferocious, who devoured men as well as ani-
mals. Francis had compassion upon the townsfolk and went
up into the hills to find the wolf. When he found the wolf, he
made the sign of the cross and commanded the wolf to come
to him and hurt no one. The wolf closed his jaws and lay
down at the feet of St Francis.
Then Francis led the wolf into the town and made a pact
between them and the wolf. Because the wolf had done evil
out of hunger, the townsfolk were to feed the wolf regu-
larly. The wolf would no longer prey upon them or their
flocks. Francis even made a pact on behalf of the town dogs,
that they would not bother the wolf again. Finally, to show
the townspeople that they would not be harmed, Francis
blessed the wolf.
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PHOTOS from various blessing of
the pets services. honoring St Fran-
cis of Assisi, in the Anglican dio-
cese of Gippsland, in October:
Christina Louise (Bunyip), Chris-
tine Morris (Sale), Carolyn Ray-
mond (Morwell) and Ursula
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Dogs and a cat
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The Gippsland Anglican
Defence Sunday remembers people
DEFENCE Sunday this year is on
November 6. The best support
parishes can give to the ministry of
Defence Chaplaincy is prayer, said
Bishop Len Eacott (right), Angli-
can Bishop to the Australian De-
fence Force.
And it would be helpful if some
might consider our ministry as a le-
gitimate extension of giving to
mission. The churchs mission
being to the precious people of the
Defence Force and their families,
Bishop Len said.
For liturgical resources or other
information about Defence Sun-
day, http://www.defenceangli-
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02 6265 9707.
Defence Sunday is held annually
on the Sunday nearest to Remem-
brance Day (November 11). In the
Anglican Church, we use the day
to draw attention to the spiritual
needs and wellbeing of those who
serve in the Australian Defence
Force (ADF) as sailors, soldiers or
airmen; to foster prayerful support
within the churches for those who
serve the nation through ADF serv-
ice; to encourage clergy to consider
service as full or part time Aus-
tralian Defence Force chaplains;
and to build bridges of cooperation
between the Anglican ministry to
the Australian Defence Force and
dioceses and parishes across Aus-
Anglican Australian Defence
Force chaplains and General
Synod Defence Force board mem-
bers are available to participate in
parish worship as deputationists.
To arrange an Australian Defence
Force deputation, please contact ei-
ther Bishop Len Eacott or one of
the Service archdeacons, Eric Bur-
ton (Navy), Geoff Webb (Army) or
Kevin Russell (Air Force).
Parishes can also download a
powerpoint presentation on de-
fence chaplaincy. This powerpoint
was part of the General Synod
2010 presenation.
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As many of the activities under-
taken by the bishop and the chap-
lains are not funded by the
Commonwealth, your generous
gift will both enhance and extend
the churchs mission and ministry
to service personnel, both overseas
and at home.
For those seeking tax deductibil-
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created the AMOS Foundation
(Anglican Military Outreach and
Service) which has been granted
Deductible Gift Recipient status by
the Australian Taxation Office
(under General Category 5.1.2
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AMOS Foundation of $2 and
above are tax deductible.
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be funded by The AMOS Founda-
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Regal level: Her Excellency Ms
Quentin Bryce AC, The Governor
General of Australia, has agreed to
be patron of the AMOS Fondation.
Your tax deducible donation will
be most gratefully received and
promptly acknowledged with an
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A Prayer for Australian
Defence Force Chaplains
Lord God of Hosts,
we pray for your clergy whom you have called to the ministry
of uniformed chaplaincy,
and for those who proclaim your love and compassion in bat-
tle areas
and defence establishments
where Australian military personnel serve.
Lord, strengthen their faith as they seek to witness to you in
the secular world.
Protect them from all dangers and comfort them in the long
separations from their families
and the familiar things of church, that they must endure.
Lord, who blessed the peacemakers,
bless especially those chaplains serving overseas,
helping to bring peace to nations new and old which are
struggling to find their identity and place in the world.
We ask in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
TOP: Archdeacon for the Navy,
Eric Burton.
ABOVE: Archdeacon for the
Army, Geoff Webb.
LEFT: Archdeacon for the Air
Force, Kevin Russell.
FAR left: Defence Captain Cat
Crane, Bishops staff officer.
IN Gippsland, the RAAF
Roulettes Acrobatic Air Team
(above), based at RAAF Base East
Sale, is a visual reminder to the
community of the importance of
the Australian Defence Force, in
peacetime and in combat. The
Roulettes participate in training ex-
ercises across Gippsland, interstate
and internationally. For instance,
the team travelled to Indonesia to
train with and teach members of
that airforce.
The planes are commonly seen in
the air around Sale and further
afield, for pilot training. They also
participate in public events such as
the recent GP on Phillip Island.
Photo: Corporal Steve Duncan
Roulettes link Gippsland to Defence Sunday
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The Gippsland Anglican
WHY is Remembrance Day and its traditions special to
Australians? At 11am, on November 11, 1918, the guns of
the Western Front fell silent after more than four years con-
tinuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German
invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over
the preceding four months. In November, the Germans called
for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a
peace settlement. They accepted the allied terms of uncon-
ditional surrender.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a
special significance in the post-war years. The moment when
hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally
associated with the remembrance of those who had died in
the war. This first modern world conflict had brought about
the mobilisation of more than 70 million people and left be-
tween nine and 13 million people dead, perhaps as many as
one-third of them with no known grave. The allied nations
chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war
After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and
British governments changed the name to Remembrance
Day. Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a
day which would commemorate all war dead.
In 1997, Governor-General Sir William Deane issued a
proclamation formally declaring November 11 to be Re-
membrance Day, urging all Australians to observe one
minutes silence at 11am on this day each year, to remember
those Australians who died or suffered for Australias cause
in all wars and armed conflicts.
Today, Australians continue in the tradition of commem-
orating those who died in past conflicts and we also think of
our Defence Force members presently serving on active op-
erations in various parts of the world, said Bishop Len Ea-
cott, Anglican Bishop to the Defence Force. (See page 6 for
information about Defence Sunday.)
Remembrance Day prayers, bible readings and a simple
prder of service appropriate for Remembrance Day are avail-
able from the website of the Anglican Bishop to the Defence
Force, on click on Min-
istry, Ministry Resources, Remembrance Day Prayers, Bible
Readings and Resources. A multimedia presentation and
music includes the Last Post and Rouse, Abide with Me and
Eternal Father Strong to Save.
By Chaplain Atsushi Shibaoka, RAAF
WATCHING the news reports on Remembrance Day, No-
vember 11, made me reflect on the significant role of chap-
laincy ministry to the families of those who are killed in
action. Occasions like Remembrance Day honour Australian
Defence Force personnel who have died in action; they help
the rest of us to express our gratitude and place their death in
a wider context, in terms of their contribution to the life of
the nation, through their death.
In all this, there is a real danger of losing sight of personal
dimension, if we only honor them merely as military he-
roes. They were sons, husbands, partners or brothers, too.
In my chaplaincy ministry, I have been privileged to know
the family members who have been through this horrible ex-
perience. They experienced that knock on the door, with the
commanding officer and the chaplain standing on the other
side of the security screen.
On that day when they received the tragic news and again
on Remembrance Day, each year those families are faced
with great turmoil within; two very different emotions.
On the one hand, the family members are immensely proud
of the fact their son, brother or husband lost his life on behalf
of the nation. This amazing sense of pride, combined with
their acute sense of loss, leaves some family members so vul-
On the other hand, they have all the emotions, experiences
and questioning of people who cope with untimely and vio-
lent death. These are not so different from people who have
lost a family member in a motor vehicle accident or to a vi-
olent crime.
When you see those military commemorations, I ask you to
pray for military chaplains. We work quietly, often in the
background, sitting and praying with those family members,
in the shadows of very public military pomp and ceremony.
We seek to be an incarnational presence of God for those
people at a very personal level. Many of them have no reli-
gious faith and are often from faith traditions other than
Christian. We sit with them in times of deepest need and
We need more chaplains who are willing to be used by God
in this way, so pray for more chaplains too.
Increasingly, our nation will debate the value of an Aus-
tralian military presence in Afghanistan. That is what a lib-
eral democracy like ours needs to do. However, those
families in the Australian Defence Force that have experi-
enced loss need to be respected by all sides of the debate in
that process, because of their vulnerability.
* Chaplain Atsushi Shibaoka (above) is an Air Force Chap-
lain. He wrote this article in 2005, when he was serving at
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Remembrance Day
special to nation
Prayers for churches to use
on Remembrance Day
God of love and liberty,
We bring our thanks today for the peace and security we
We remember those who in time of war faithfully service
their country.
We pray for their families, and for ourselves whose freedom
was won at such a cost.
Make us a people zealous for peace, and hasten that day
when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither
learn war any more.
This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the
sake of the world:
Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.
Prayer of the day
O God, our ruler and guide,
In whose hands are the destinies of this and every nation,
We give you thanks for the freedoms we enjoy in this land
And for those who laid down their lives to defend them:
We pray that we and all the people of Australia,
Gratefully remembering their courage and their sacrifice,
May have the grace to live in a spirit of justice, of generos-
ity, and of peace;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen
A sentence for Remembrance Day
No one has greater love than this, than to lay down ones
life for ones friends. You are my friends, says the Lord, if
you do what I command you. John 15:13-14
Suitable Bible Readings for Remembrance Day
Micah 4:1-4 or 2 Samuel 22:2-20
Psalm 46 or Psalm 51:14-19
Hebrews 10:32-11:1 or Roman 5:1-8
John 15:9-17 or John 10:1-21
Adapted from A Prayer Book for Australia, pages 204, 628.
Pride does not erase grief
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Color in the picture
ABOVE: The Angel speaks to Mary.
Jumble words
You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him
the name Jesus. Luke 1:31 (NIV)
ANSWERS: great king child afraid angel
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ABOVE: Children from Moe parish enjoyed a sausage sizzle and games
prior to a showcase of art and craft hosted by GFS Kidsplus+ Gippsland
and Moe parish. The two functions raised money to send representatives
to the Australian GFs Council meeting. More than 44 adults enjoyed the
showcase, which included the work of many local artists and crafts peo-
ple. Displays were provided by Dragi Jankovic of Steiner Gallery, patch-
work from Fiona Byl, Kaye Brand and Rhonda Jankovic of the Latrobe
Valley Quilters, Sudanese crafts from the Moe congregation. Local hand-
craft from Moe parishionersand their families was also on display. Both
functions provided opportunity for fellowship in the community.
Contributed by/Photo: Mary Nicholls
Art snags fun
November 2011 Our Diocese - Childrens, Youth and Family Ministries 9
The Gippsland Anglican
TRAFALGAR Yarragon and
Thorpedale parish held a Kids
Game Program in the first week of
the last school holidays, in Trafal-
gar Public Hall. A group from the
Suburban Baptist Church in Wer-
ribee (11 to 14 year old youth) ran
most of the games, crafts and bible
story times, monitored by their
This was a real blessing as many
of the parishs team members were
not available. It also provided a
completely different model of
reaching out to young people by
teaching the slightly older youth to
do the outreach.
Many children participating in
the program were returning fami-
lies from previous holiday pro-
grams. It was wonderful to see the
young leaders reaching out to all
those participating.
On October 9, we held a musical
caf again, in St Marys, as part of
the Battle of Trafalgar celebrations,
raising money for the chaplaincy
program. There was a good crowd
in attendance and a diverse num-
ber of musical items.
Local music teacher, Norm Cot-
trell, brought along some of his
students, as well as his class set of
ukuleles. It was fun to see people
playing ukuleles with five minutes
instruction. Actually, they sounded
Contributed by Marg Clarke
ABOVE: Children participating in
the school holiday program were
keen to eat the fruit provided dur-
ing breaks from games (below).
BOTTOM: Jake, Angus and Alex
played original compositions at the
musical caf held as part of the
Battle of Trafalgar celebrations,
Photos: Ross Jacka
Games, fruit and
music at Trafalgar
ABOVE and right: Bairnsdale parish held a school holiday program at
St Johns church hall, well attended by local children. Amanda Ballan-
tyne, the family and childrens worker, organised games, a puppet show
and quiet activities, as well as refreshments. The suceess of the program
leads the parish to consider future similar programs. For preschool chil-
dren, the mainly music program continues to be very popular in Bairns-
dale parish.
Photos: Amanda Ballantyne
Holiday fun with puppets
THE 2012 Kidsplus+ camp will
be held at The Island CYC camp-
site at Phillip Island, from March
23 to 25. The cost of this annual
camp is a little more in 2012, how-
ever it definitely is reflected in the
comfortable ensuited huts and fa-
cilities provided on site. The cost is
$120 per child aged between six
and 18 years. Application forms
will be available in parishes in No-
vember, with bookings and fees to
be finalised by the end of February.
Leaders of parish childrens and
youth groups are encouraged to
participate on team and accompany
some of their own group members.
Please contact Mary Nicholls if
you are interested.
Families can pay the camp fee in
portions, gradually, up until the end
of February.
As always, we are appreciative of
any financial assistance provided
for discretionary use to assist the
less financial families attending.
Kidsplus+ Gippsland will also be
drawing on the interest from two
memorial funds established
through CEBS and GFS for such
purposes; the Dennis Buxton and
Val Downey funds.
Please enquire of Kidsplus+ at if
you know someone who might
benefit from this support or other
sources of sponsorship.
New Games Equipment
THANKS to Diocesan Trust
Funds, Kidsplus+ Gippsland has
bought a three metre by three metre
Get Knotted or tradional
Twistergame and a Tower Jenga
set (above), now available for use.
It was recently one of the games
used in the school holiday program
offered by Trafalgar parish.
In November, parishes and
groups will receive new affiliation
forms. Annual affiliation is $30
and adult members or leaders may
become financialmembers for $15
or $12 concession. Gippsland has
many adult members of the na-
tional network.
Contributed by: Mary Nicholls
Camp 2012
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The Gippsland Anglican
2 Induction of Reverend Graham Knott as new priest in
charge of Maffra parish; St Johns Maffra
5 Enthronement of new Bishop of Ballarat, Bishop Garry
Wetherill; 11am; Christ Church Cathedral Ballarat
6 Defence Sunday; remember the ministry of the
Anglican Church among defence personnel and their
families on this day; contact Bishop Len Eacott, or visit
11 Remembrance Day
15 16 Emergency Chaplaincy training course, Level 2, for
clergy and pastoral ministers; Victorian Emergency
Chaplaincy Network; 9am to 4pm; $25, incl catering and
manual; Email or telephone
03 9654 1736
19 Bairnsdale parish fair, St Johns church grounds
20 Diocesan Ultreya, 2pm to 4pm
24 25 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; Latrobe
Valley; $275; contact Sarah Gover, 03 5144 1100 or
0458 450370
25 White Ribbon Day
27 Advent Sunday
27 The St Thomas workshops on faith and renewal: Is
Jesus Lord? or was he just a good man? 9.30am for
mass; 11.30am to 2.30pm for workshop. BYO lunch.
Contact Chris Bennie, email
29 Mothers Union Gippsland Executive meeting, Morwell;
followed by lunch at Gastronomy
29 Retired clergy lunch, 11am to 3pm Wonthaggi; contact
Reverend Laurie Baker, Maffra
3 Annual diocesan clergy family end of year gathering,
Bishopscourt, Sale; 11am to 5pm
4 Emergency Services Sunday, St Johns Bairnsdale
25 Christmas Day
25 Community Christmas Lunch, Cowes
Dec. 28 Jan. 3 Summer in Seaspray, Sale parish
Dec. 30 Jan. 6 Scripture Union Theos beach mission, Lakes
TBA Blessing of Ena Sheumack House; Abbey of St
Barnabas at ABeckett Park, Raymond Island
1 Begins: International Year of People of African Descent
13 18 Summer under the Son conference, CMS; Philip Island;
3 Intentional Pastoral Seminar, Sale; contact Archdeacon
Heather Marten at the Registry, 03 5144 2044
21 Shrove/Pancake Tuesday
22 Ash Wednesday
6 Anglican Women of Australia Gippsland 50
celebration; 10am; St Pauls Cathedral, Sale
18 Mothering Sunday
23 - 25 Kidsplus+ Gippsland camp, Philip Island; contact parish
for application forms, or Mary Nicholls
26 Mothers Union Lady Day; St Pauls Cathedral Sale;
10am; guest Marilyn Oulds, Worldwide Mothers Union;
BYO lunch
1 Palm Sunday
3 Renewal of Ordination of Vows and Blessing of Oils
service, 3pm; St Pauls Cathedral, Sale
5 Maundy Thursday
6 Good Friday
8 Easter Day
25 ANZAC Day
30 - May 2 Clergy conference; The Abbey of St Barnabas,
ABeckett Park, Raymond Island
April 30 - May 2 Clergy conference; The Abbey of St Barnabas,
ABeckett Park, Raymond Island
18 20 Gippsland Anglican 36th annual Synod, Sale
Diocesan Calendar
Dates and events as provided to The Gippsland Anglican by time of printing.
in care
A NEW report launched by An-
glicare Victoria shows less than
one in five foster children live with
all of their brothers and sisters in
the same home. The report also
shows one quarter of foster chil-
dren who are separated from sib-
lings have no ongoing contact with
The Victorian figures are partic-
ularly stark in the face of interna-
tional studies reporting entire
sibling groups are kept intact in
about 45 per cent of cases.
The report, All together now, by
Dr Sarah Wise, is the result of a
study carried out by the States
largest foster care agency, Angli-
care Victoria, and is the first of its
kind in Australia.
Anglicare Victoria CEO, Mr Paul
McDonald, said more foster chil-
dren are separated from siblings
than should be and a lack of ca-
pacity to house families of three or
more children together is one of
the main reasons we are falling so
far behind international standards.
This study shows 43 per cent of
Victorian foster children are sepa-
rated from their entire family of
siblings and another 42 per cent are
separated from at least one brother
or sister in care.
While not all siblings should be
placed together, there is strong ev-
idence to say placing brothers and
sisters together, where appropriate,
can help overcome trauma and di-
minish behavioral problems. We
seem to be falling behind on this
principle, said Mr McDonald.
Research shows separated sib-
lings are at higher risk of running
away, having multiple placements,
failing to reunite with their natural
family and losing contact with
each other during their lives.
Mr McDonald says there is a
range of issues making it difficult
to place brothers and sisters to-
gether in care, including a move
away from traditional options such
as family group homes and the
challenge of siblings entering care
at different times.
There are three tests for us with
this issue; whether we can house
siblings together who enter the sys-
tem together, maintaining connec-
tions between siblings when they
do not live together and that we
place greater importance on the
eventual reunification of sibling
groups living in out of home care,
said Mr McDonald.
Anglicare Victoria is calling on
the State Government to work to-
gether investigating and imple-
menting measures to help house
multiple sibling groups and im-
prove practices to reunite sibling
groups or facilitate regular contact
where reunification is not possible.
*Dr Sarah Wise is General Man-
ager, Policy, Research and Innova-
tion at Anglicare Victoria.
ABOVE: Marc Caruana and daughter, Ebony-Bree, at the Sale
parish fair at St Pauls Cathedral.
BELOW: Elisha and Rebecca Morgan sold chocolates to raise
money for youth ministry at the Sale parish fair.
Contributed by/Photos: Christine Morris
Fair fun
ABOVE: Hannah and Benjamin Watson loved having their faces
painted at Christ Church in Foster, at the Corner Inlet parish fair.
Photo: Robert Paragreen/The Mirror
November 2011 Our Diocese - Clergy Ministry 11
The Gippsland Anglican
ABOVE: Archdeacon Ted Gibson
is well known throughout the dio-
cese and further afield. On reliev-
ing duties, at some time in the past
two years, Archdeacon Ted has
mislaid this stole, and he would
like to recover it. Does anyone
recognise this stole? Do you know
where it is? It might have been
placed in a church vestry or cup-
board. Please contact Archdeacon
Ted and Annabel Gibson, tele-
phone 03 5152 7823.
ABOVE: Cathedral Deans at the annual deans conference in 1981 in
Christchurch, New Zealand. The Gippsland Anglican September 2011
issue published an article and photograph of the Australasian Deans Con-
ference of Anglican Deans, held at Wellington New Zealand in August.
The article was about the first gathering of Anglican Deans from New
Zealand, Fiji and Australia and attended by Dean Don Saines, of St Pauls
Cathedral, Sale. Archdeacon Ted Gibson, pictured above second left in
front, was able to supply this photograph from 1981, when he was Dean
of St Pauls Cathedral. Ted and Annabel Gibson attended the Deans of
Australasia conference in Christchurch, along with Anglican and Catholic
deans from Australia, New Zealand and Suva. It was also attended by
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edin-
burgh, who attended a service to celebrate the centenary of Christchurch
Cathedral on October 13, 1981.
By Ali Symons
General Synod web writer
SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, Canada
Earlier this month, Reverend
Jesse Dymond began his work as
General Synods first online com-
munity coordinator. A priest in the
Diocese of Huron, Rev. Jesse has a
wide range of experience in parish
ministry, theological reflection,
technology and communications.
Canadian Anglicans will be see-
ing more of Rev. Jesse as he
tweets, posts Facebook updates
and finds new ways to connect
people online. Since the focus of
his ministry will be to cultivate on-
line community, we gave him more
than 140 characters (the Twitter
limit) to introduce himself. Read
on for the interview.
What do you do at General
For now, Im working behind the
scenes: networking, planning and
taking care of our involvement in
existing communities such as Face-
book and Twitter.
Within the year, however, we will
be launching our own online com-
munity, what Vision 2019, the
strategic plan, calls A national
communication platform, inte-
grated and accessible at the parish,
diocesan, and national levels. My
job will be to watch over that plat-
form, both behind the scenes on a
technical level and publicly in the
forums as a mediator; or what
some colleagues are already call-
ing internet priest.
This online community will be a
place where clergy, parishioners
and seekers can engage in dialogue
and share resources for ministry. A
place where Anglicans across the
country can share their successes
and struggles. A place where An-
glicans separated by geography
can support one another. A safe
place to ask questions.
At least part of that community
will be centered around the lec-
tionary, allowing parishes to move
through the seasons of the church
year together.
Working on this project feels like
church planting but without the
building. In this case, the church
already exists. It is all of us.
What brought you to this min-
Too often, we see ministry as
something occurring only in tradi-
tional venues and by traditional
means. The reality is we are called
to live as ministers of the gospel in
all we are and in all we do.
In that light, I come to this min-
istry as an Anglican priest, but also
as one seeking to live out both my
baptismal covenant and ordination
vows with the gifts and experi-
ences God has given me.
My formative years were spent
learning constantly changing ways
of communicating. I often joke that
Atari Basic was my second lan-
guage. Computers have always
been part of my life and I partici-
pated in the early days of the inter-
net. I suppose that is as good a
place to start as any.
My educational and professional
life before seminary consisted of
variations on this theme. In pho-
tography, news, music and radio,
the same questions were asked:
How will the changes in the way
we communicate affect our voca-
tion? What does technology offer
us? What does it take away? And
perhaps most importantly, How
must we change?
As a parish priest, I have found
that many of the same questions
pervade the ministry we share in,
from worship to administration to
pastoral communication. I have
continued to explore these ques-
tions with particular attention to
developing a Christian ethic for our
use of technology.
So how does being a priest in-
form this online ministry?
When the time came to discern
whether I might be called to this
ministry, I looked to the lives of the
first apostles Jesus called. When
we retell the story of Simon, An-
drew, James and John leaving their
nets to follow Christ, we tend to
emphasise change. They did
change; answering Gods call is
nothing short of transformative.
But if we assume the apostles
never fished again, we may have
missed the point. Not long after,
we read about Jesus and his friends
back in the boat. We read about
them grilling fish for breakfast. In
short, while Jesus had called them
to new places and purposes, he also
called them to be stewards of the
gifts God had already given them.
To adapt an old phrase from the
computer industry, he called them
to fish different. I fish different
and lead others in doing the same.
What are you most excited about
in this role?
Bringing people together. I won-
der, sometimes, if the church
avoids communications technol-
ogy for fear of its dehumanising ef-
fects. On one hand this makes
sense. Email can never replace
face-to-face conversation and a text
message is no substitute for human
touch. But the internet alone offers
countless resources to help us build
relationships that would otherwise
be impossible.
I am excited about the possibility
a parishioner in Charlottetown
might share a childrens ministry
resource with another in Brandon.
I am excited clergy might have a
place to share homiletical reflec-
tions unique to our Canadian and
Anglican contexts. I am excited
that a big-picture, national resource
might foster grassroots ideas and
ministries to help our church grow
from the ground up.
Why is it important for Anglicans
to connect online?
For the same reason it is impor-
tant for Anglicans to connect in
their homes, on the street or in the
parish hall: because we need one
another. If we really are the Body
of Christ, we should be doing all in
our power to be united and to use
the gifts and skills of every part.
The internet is more than simply a
means of communication. It is a
place where people make connec-
tions, share ideas and find commu-
nity. Anglicans are already there, in
their personal and professional
If we really do believe what we
Meet the internet
priest, in Canada
ABOVE: Bishop John McIntyre leads the dedication and blessing of the memorial garden at St Johns Angli-
can Church, Metung, alongside Reverend Canon Barbara Logan, rector of Lakes Entrance and Metung parish
and the congregation. See page one for more photographs and article.
Photo: Jeanette Severs
Mentor training to go
ahead in Gippsland
EDUCATION for Ministry mentor training begins in Gipps-
land diocese on November 3 to 5 this year. The training will be
held at St Pauls Cathedral, Sale. For further details, contact Rev-
erend Don Saines, Dean of the Cathedral, email stpauls- or telephone 03 5144 2020.
The Education for Ministry program has been successfully run-
ning in Gippsland diocese for many years, with groups in every
Rural Deanery. As reported in The Gippsland Anglican October
issue, the Cathedral parish is taking leadership on exploring and
delivering training options in the diocese.
12 Our Diocese - Parishes November 2011
The Gippsland Anglican
Christ Church hosts parish fair
ABOVE: The tapestry, honoring women and worked by Iso-
bel Simon, titled Hands Clasped in Prayer that was dedi-
cated at St James Buln Buln in September; as reported in
The Gippsland Anglican October issue. The tapestry was
dedicated to the memory of Stella Trewern and Dorrie Stoll,
both of whom were servants for many years of the church.
A STEADY stream of people all
morning made their way to Christ
Church in Foster on Saturday, Oc-
tober 15, to enjoy all the fun of the
annual Corner Inlet Anglican
Parish fete.
The Big Breakfast of bacon, eggs
and toast was popular as were the
pancakes. As soon as breakfast fin-
ished at 10am, the barbecue start-
ing emitting the tantalising aromas
of sausages and hamburgers real
crowd favourites.
The women in the kitchen were
kept busy supplying tea, coffee,
sandwiches and cakes to those
wanting a break from bargain hunt-
ing. All stalls were well supplied
by donations from the congrega-
tions and community, with cakes,
homemade jams, plants, craft
items, books, toys, bric-a-brac and
secondhand furniture for sale.
The children were entertained
with face painting, plaster painting,
a jumping castle and ice-creams
and lollies for sale.
There were three raffles on the
day of the fete. The lucky winners
were: fruit and vegetables, Nancy
Roussac; fuel, Peter Grady; trailer
of wood, Lyn Hewson. Tickets for
the Christmas cake and teddy bear
raffle will be available until De-
cember 4, so watch out for ticket
sellers in Fosters Main Street dur-
ing the next few weeks.
The parish thanks all the people
who worked at the fete and the
community for supporting the
stalls. An estimated $6,000 was
Contributed by Robert Paragreen
TOP: Gypsy from Foster draws the
winner of the fuel raffle at the
church fair at Foster.
TOP right: Christine and Bert
Fabel of Foster and Gail Moss of
Yanakie choosing from the wide
selection of jams and pickles for
sale at the produce stall.
Photos: Robert Paragreen
Article and photographs origi-
nally published in The Mirror, Fos-
ter. Reprinted with permission.
ABOVE: Emma from Binginwarri
was trying the exercise equipment
at the parish fair.
RIGHT: Children and adults en-
joyed an icecream at the fair.
BELOW: Seph Hession serving
Gwen Combridge and Gwenda
Bevan their bacon and eggs break-
fast at the church fair.
LEFT: George Francis, of Morwell, was recently
in Alfred Hospital for surgery and really appre-
ciated the telephone calls, cards, prayers and vis-
its to aid his recovery. Reverend Des has made
several pastoral visits to get to know the con-
gregation members, as they live in a widespread
area from Mirboo East, Boolarra, Yinnar, Yin-
nar South, Morwell and Newborough. His time
as the parishs supply minister is coming to an
end and we are thankful for his time with us.
Rev. Des is pictured (right) visiting the recover-
ing George Francis (left) at home.
Photo: Rae Billing
Sale Cook Book
ON September 17, St Pauls Cathedral parish launched a
parish cookbook, Through the Window of St Pauls: See slices,
savouries, sweets, sumptuous meals and scenes of Sale. About
40 people attended the launch by local cooking judge, Rose-
mary Mowat, at Delbridge Hall and enjoyed a light lunch made
from recipes in the book.
The book was a fundraising idea floated earlier in the year by
a small group of women in the parish. Led by June Lawson,
Robyn Bruhn, Yvonne MacPherson and Pat Brand, collected
recipes from across all the parish centres and chose a selection
for the book. The organisers covered the cost of printing by
selling advertising, so the funds raised by book sales went fully
to the parish. The first print run sold out and a small reprint has
been done to sell cookbooks in the upcoming Christmas pe-
Contributed by Stuart Lawson
ABOVE: St Pauls cook-
book was launched in style.
Yvonne McPherson sold a
copy of the cookbook to
Philip Davis. Copies are
available from St Pauls for
$10. A second print run was
necessary after most of the
books sold out at the fair.
RIGHT: The cake stall was
busy all day at St Pauls fair
at Sale.
Photo: Christine Morris
November 2011 Our Diocese - Parishes 13
The Gippsland Anglican
Memorial garden
blessed at Metung
LEFT: Jeanne Row, Jenny Romano and Janet Trotter were pleased to see
the blessing of the memorial garden at Metung.
ABOVE: Shirley Crutchfield and Geva Kramer.
BELOW left: Ken Hillibrand, Julia Pavel and Carolyn Fountain.
BELOW right: Ian Harris (garden designer and maker), Reverend Canon
Barbara Logan, Rose Castles and Caitlin OByrne.
Photos: Jeanette Severs
LEFT: Jim Logan and Kerry Harry at St Johns Metung.
BELOW: Trish Shibaoka and Archdeacon Ted Gibson.
Photos: Jeanette Severs
ABOVE: John Kurrle, a member
of the congregation St Pauls, Ko-
rumburra, received the Sapphire
Pin for service recently. This is
Rotarys highest award and the first
time it has been awarded to a mem-
ber of Korumburra Rotary Club.
Congratulations, John.
Contributed by Lyn Gilbert
Photo: Jenny Ramage
ABOVE: Sudanese crafts were on
display in Moe parish. It was part
of a showcase of art and craft
hosted by GFS Kidsplus+ Gipps-
land and Moe parish.
Photo: Mary Nicholls
ON September 11, at the morn-
ing service, Reverend Lyn
Williams did not preach a sermon.
Instead, she included all the con-
gregation, the children and the
adults, in a game of concentration.
A large board was set up with
numbers. Under the numbers were
sentences describing God. There
were pairs of these sentences and
we had to find the matching pair.
They were great sentences. The
one the children liked the best was
God is awesome! We all appreci-
ated the teaching and joining in the
activity together.
Rev. Heather Marten has been
travelling in Turkey, Greece and
France. The first Sunday after she
returned, Rev. Heather described
the places she had been where Paul
had travelled and lived and
preached the gospel. She included
her photos of the towns and cities
as they are now. She showed us
Ephesus which, when Paul was
there, was as big as Rome; and to
Antioch and Lystra, Tarsus, Derbe,
Troy, then across the sea to
Philippi. It was a marvellous way
for us to explore Pauls faithful
ministry to the people of his world.
Rev. Heather described her visit
to Patmos, where St John the Di-
vine wrote the Book of Revelations
while imprisoned on the island.
She said this was a moving experi-
ence being in the place where the
Book of Revelations was written.
Contributed by Carolyn Raymond
LEFT: Reverend Tony Wicking (in green cope) and the
congregation of St Johns Bairnsdale, outside the exten-
sions being built to expand the facilities of Johnnos Out-
reach Centre. Both the need to expand services offered at
St Johns Bairnsdale and the demand for the quality goods
and clothing stocked by Johnnos has seen the extension
of facilities get underway recently.
Photo: Ursula Plunkett
14 Our Diocese - Celebrating Ordained Women November 2011
The Gippsland Anglican
Conservative pathways into priesthood
By Jeanette Severs
BARBARA Darling, Heather Marten and
Amy Turner were three women studying for
ministry, with no expectation of being or-
dained priest, at the time the General Synod
of the Anglican Church in Australia was
hearing theological and legal arguments and
discussions for and against the ordaining of
women. They were all young women who
were raised in the Anglican church and felt a
calling to ministry.
None of them expected an opportunity to
be ordained deacon, as they were in Decem-
ber 1986, 25 years ago; nor priest, as they
were 19 years ago. Now, they have all at-
tained considerable heights in the Anglican
Amy is a priest, a Canon of St Pauls
Cathedral in Sale and a priest in charge of a
parish (Drouin). Heather is Vicar General in
Gippsland, a role that effectively deputises
to the bishop; she is also an Archdeacon and
a priest in charge of a parish (Morwell).
Barbara has attained the highest height of
all three; she is Bishop of the Eastern Region
in the Diocese of Melbourne. Barbara is one
of two bishops in Australia.
As yet, Australia has no woman Bishop in
charge of a Diocese. There are some who be-
lieve this appointment is well overdue and
there are women more than capable of being
appointed to the role. This writer has even
heard suggestions Gippsland could be the
first diocese to appoint a woman bishop.
There are also no women who have been
appointed Archbishop in Australia. The
question begs to be asked: Is the Anglican
Church in Australia ready for a woman
Archbishop and are there any women capa-
ble who could be considered for the role?
In Common
THERE are some things these first or-
dained women have in common. One is the
mentorship of Philip Newman. Another is
the foresight and far sight of archbishops
who were prepared to keep negotiating in-
side and outside General Synod for many
A third aspect in common is the resilience,
foresight and courage of the parishes that
agreed to support these first women deacons
and priests, many of them with challenging
A fourth aspect is the courage of these
women. It is one thing to work in a profes-
sion that is dominated by men; it is another
to work in a role where you receive hate mail
based on your gender or find a dead kanga-
roo on your doorstep.
Either of those is enough to make many
people retire with honor and understanding.
These women had these and similar experi-
ences and kept faith with their profession,
their parishes and their church.
They deserve to be honored. They are made
of grit and moral calibre. They are also com-
passionate. The Anglican Church is lucky to
have them as priests.
Archbishops view
AT the ordination of women to the priest-
hood on December 13, 1992, Archbishop Dr
Keith Rayner spoke firmly. He talked about
the misplaced portrayal of the women as
angry women, pushy women, women bent
on destroying the Anglican church.
Let me say quite clearly that my over-
whelming impression has been of women
struggling , usually to their amazement, with
the growing conviction of Gods calling to
the priesthood and of quiet determination ...
their patient waiting is over and that they are
able to be ordained, not through some rebel
process but with the canonical endorsement
of the church.
By Jeanette Severs
HEATHER Marten grew up in Warragul,
was baptised at St Pauls Warragul, where
she also went to Sunday school and eventu-
ally taught in Sunday school. Heather (right)
left Warragul when she was 21 years old, for
Shepparton where she joined a Baptist
church for a couple of years, enjoying the ex-
perience of being involved in that church.
This experience included involvement in
the youth-run church coffee shop on Friday
and Saturday nights, where she ended up
working full time when they needed some-
one to meet the needs of the community to
keep the shop open all week.
In 1976, aged 24, Heather moved to Ridley
College to study theology. She recalls not re-
ally knowing what that was, but that she
wanted to learn more about her faith and she
wanted to work with people and with the
church. Going to Ridley College, seemed
natural based on the advice she was given.
One of the things I had to work through
first, was the difference between the Angli-
can and Baptist churches. Towards the end
of my first year at Ridley I had my first dis-
cussion about discernment. I returned to Ri-
dley for my second year, realising ministry
was the direction I was going but I wasnt
sure of the call to be a priest because I did-
nt know what it meant, Heather said.
I also knew a call to priesthood wasnt
At Ridley College, she met a group of
women, including Barbara Darling, Amy
Turner and Peta Sherlock (now Dean of St
Pauls Cathedral in Bendigo diocese), who
are still her friends and with whom she was
to share momentous history. Heather re-
members the debate raging about women
being ordained. In 1976, a motion in favor
of ordaining women was put to Synod in
In 1977, Heather was accepted for ministry
by Bishop Bob Dann who said, I dont re-
ally know what Ill do with you and
promptly gave her to Philip Newman. It is
Philip Newman who figures in the memories
of each of Heather, Amy and Barbara. The
priest at Templestowe at this time, he be-
lieved in using people irrespective of gender,
according to Heather.
He sent me to clergy conference, even
though I wasnt ordained and there were
people who didnt want me there.
With Philip, and working for four years in
the then Department of Christian Education
with Tom Binks, I received a diverse work-
ing experience, said Heather.
Then came the opportunity to be ordained
deacon, in December 1986, in the second
group of women to be ordained.
We were aware that ordaining a woman
was symbolic for all women, opening doors
for all women and not an individual pursuit,
Heather said.
But we wanted the right to have our call
tested by the church; a fair go.
In 1986, 1987 and 1988, debates contin-
ued to rage at Synod. Appalling things were
said and I even received hate mail.
In 1989, she worked for Archbishop Pen-
man as his personal assistant and chaplain; a
role many looked askance at.
In late 1989, Heather was appointed to
Lilydale parish as minister in charge, as a
I remember the first 12 months at Lilydale
was the loneliest year of my ministry and my
life. I realised how ill prepared I was.
I had to minister in the parish but I didnt
have the authority to do what I wanted to do.
For three years, I worked with a roster of
clergy, men who came into the parish on
Sunday simply to serve the eucharist.
Many would have preferred not to be there
because they wanted me to be ordained
priest and get on with the job, instead of
Heather recalls Lilydale was a good parish
that journeyed with her over the next few
years and was very supportive.
The community of Lilydale helped enor-
mously with that transition period, she said.
It was a role she held for five years and dur-
ing this time she was ordained priest, on De-
cember 13, 1992.
Keith Rayner worked quickly after his ap-
pointment as Archbishop. A special Synod
was held and the motion to ordain women as
priests was put and passed with the required
Then we had three weeks to get ourselves
organised and ready to be ordained priest.
Even at the last moment, a legal challenge
was put up in the cathedral on December 13.
Archbishop Rayner had taken advice and re-
fused the challenge. The women were hold-
ing each others hands for strength and
support. Some cried when the challenge was
Suddenly I was a priest and I had to learn
how to be a priest and how to grow into that
role. Philip Newman continued to be an im-
portant influence and person up to that
When Heather left Lilydale it had grown
from a country town into part of the urban
sprawl, with new housing and many young
families. She then spent nine years in Ring-
wood, a very established parish.
This was an era of parish funerals, with 20
in three years and a very solid ministry
among children and teenagers.
It also had a growing ministry to people
who were homeless and with social prob-
lems and mental health issues.
One year before Heather was inducted as
priest at Ringwood, the parish began a
weekly Monday lunch, an outreach ministry
still happening. While at Ringwood, Heather
was also Archdeacon of Maroondah, from
2001 to 2004.
Heather moved to Morwell parish in March
2004, bringing her home to Gippsland.
Being a woman hasnt been an issue in
this parish, she said.
Heather was also appointed Archdeacon in
2004, then again in 2005 and sees it as a re-
sponsive role.
It is partly a pastoral role with other clergy
and engaging with parishes to help make
good ministry happen; to help make dreams
come true, she said.
Heather is also Vicar General of Gippsland
Diocese, a role she has held since May 2005.
In this role she is effectively deputy to the
bishop, stepping up when required, such as
when the bishop is on leave.
When asked to reflect on her life as a priest,
Heather said, Those first years, they were
heady days, exciting days.
By Jeanette Severs
AMY Turner has a strong and living faith
that has been a major part of her life, all her
Jesus has always been someone in my
life, she said.
Probably from teenage years I sensed
somewhere along the line I would do some-
thing special to serve the Lord. I thought this
possibly might be as a missionary. I was al-
ways reading serious books on faith.
I even thought of entering an order, but my
parents discouraged this idea.
Aged in her 20s, Amy became a lay reader
in her local church.
I was encouraged by my local priest and in
the mid 1970s I went to Ridley College. I
thought it would make me a better lay reader.
But I soon realised I wanted to do more. I
spent four years at Ridley and finished full
with a sense of serving God.
Amy then went overseas for some months.
She remembers around this time the revision
of the prayer book and many, many debates
nationally about women in holy orders.
So, while the church deliberated, I pro-
created, she said.
Elizabeth is now 29 and Miriam is 26 years
I was actually breastfeeding Miriam dur-
ing my retreat leading up to my ordination
as deacon, Amy recalled.
Amy, like others, was mentored by Philip
Newman. As deacon, from 1986 to 1989, she
was an assistant in Croydon South, at the
Church of the New Guinea Martyrs, specifi-
cally ministering in evangelism and out-
In 1989, Amy moved to St Johns Toorak,
as an associate minister, where Philip New-
man was the vicar. In 1990, she was ap-
pointed deacon in charge at St James
Warranwood, a new parish combining War-
randyte and Ringwood.
It was here her strength and resilience are
apparent, as she worked alongside her hus-
band and congregation to literally build the
church from an old rundown farmhouse.
We moved the walls out and built a
church. We began with a congregation of 16
people and grew to nearly 100 people.
We wanted to build a warm community
and doorknocked to introduce ourselves as
the church in the paddock. Many people took
up roles in lay ministry.
She remembers the overwhelming feelings
she experienced when she was ordained
priest in 1992.
The day in 1992 I was ordained priest was
very exciting for my parish; every parish-
ioner attended the service.
continued next page
Heady days, exciting days
The church
needs faith
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The Gippsland Anglican
1992: Photograph donated by Herald & Weekly Times
continued from previous page
Amy stayed with Warranwood until 2000. It was
during this time, Amys first husband, John, and her
mother died.
She moved to Beaumaris, a parish with a strong
childrens ministry, in 2000.
It was a very conservative, but it was also a very
courageous parish, with a woman priest in charge,
Amy said.
In 2005, Amy received a telephone call from Jeff
Driver, then bishop in Gippsland and a past fellow
student at Ridley College. She was inducted as rec-
tor of Drouin in November 2005, a role she still
She sees Drouin as a growing population with op-
portunities in childrens and family ministry, partic-
ularly as more people move out of Melbourne.
In the beginning, people thought they should
make an effort to tell you if you did a good job. I en-
joyed that, Amy said about her history.
I was told heres 16 people, build a church. We
were all put into difficult parishes. It hasnt always
been a smooth ride but its been a wonderful journey
and it will always be a wonderful journey.
The forming of a strong community of faith will
always be to the advantage of the church.
LEFT: Earlier this year saw the celebration of 25 years since women were
ordained deacon in the Anglican Church in Australia. Included among
the women who came together on the day were Gippslands Amy Turner
and Heather Marten.
Photo: Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
ABOVE: Australias two Anglican bishops, Barbara Darling and Kay
BELOW: The women ordained priest on December 13, 1992, with Arch-
bishop Keith Rayner, outside St Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne.
ing of the joy of
women being ordained
priests in 1992 (left)
and being made dea-
con in 1986 (right).
16 Our Diocese - Jesus Christ Here and Now for Heyfield Parish November 2011
The Gippsland Anglican
By Heather Cahill
and David Chambers
HEYFIELD Parish is nestled in
the foothills and plain country on
the south of the Great Dividing
Range, from where much of its
tourism and the timber industry
originate. Heyfields foremost
quality would be the very friendly
and welcoming people who live in
the town and in the surrounding
Newcomers are quickly made to
feel part of the wider community.
Heyfields location gives its inhab-
itants many advantages, being a
small town, but within easy driving
distance of several larger towns;
and the mountains, Lake Glenmag-
gie and the sea are also within easy
driving distance.
The town is a service provider for
the surrounding farming areas,
which include irrigation dairy
farming, dry land cattle and sheep
farming. The villages of Coongulla
and Glenmaggie provide holiday
accommodation for many who use
the lake for swimming and boating
activities throughout most of the
year. Many people come from afar
to camp along the lake and up
along the mountain streams and
through the mountain valleys.
The timber industry has been a
major employer in the town for
many years, with several large
mills and manufacturing enter-
prises providing local employment.
Heyfield has three churches; St
James Soldiers Memorial Angli-
can Church, St Michaels Catholic
Church and the Heyfield Uniting
Church. St James has a regular
weekly congregation of around 25
and there is one out-centre at
Tinamba, in a rich dairying area,
which has one service each month.
The parish also holds weekly serv-
ices at Heyfields Laurina Lodge
nursing home for a congregation of
around 15 to 18 people and has a
community outreach through the
excellent op shop Twice Blest
which operates five and a half days
per week, with a sorting session
twice each week in the purpose-
built storage shed beside our parish
We also hold a monthly commu-
nity market in the grounds of St
James church, which is a popular
venue for many stall holders and
patrons alike, where stalls sell
everything from cakes and jams to
fresh produce, used books and
tools, plants and many craft goods.
The parish provides morning teas
and cakesand a continuous bar-
beque while the market is in
progress and the church is open at
this time for private prayer and
contemplation, as well as provid-
ing an opportunity for anyone to
speak confidentially with the Dea-
con, Reverend Heather Cahill. The
Anglican Womens Fellowship
group meets monthly and provides
excellent catering services when
and where necessary, including for
funerals and sheep and cattle sales.
THE Anglican churchs presence
in Heyfield dates back to 1874,
when Gippsland Pioneers gathered
to witness the laying of the foun-
dation stone of the first St James
church by Miss Marie Temple.
(Editors note: Miss Marie Tem-
ple was a member of an Anglican
family in Victoria who contributed
to building many churches and
schools, particularly in Melbourne
and Gippsland. She also gave the
money to build the first Anglican
church at Maffra and Camberwell
Girls Grammar School. She was
cousin to a past Archbishop of
Heyfield, at the time the founda-
tion stone was laid for the church,
was part of the Rosedale district; it
was later part of Maffra parochial
district. From 1890, Heyfield was
part of the parochial district of
Toongabbie. In 1896, Heyfield be-
came the chief centre of its own
parochial district and was declared
a parish in 1924.
The new St James church was
constructed on the site of Miss
Temples former home in Temple
Street opposite the primary school
and was dedicated as a Soldiers
Memorial Church in 1921. The
church was consecrated by Bishop
Blackwood in 1942.
One of the churchs special fea-
tures is the Memorial Window
The Great Sacrifice installed in
honor of the men of the church
who served their country in the
Great War, and the lectern, which
was a thank offering for peace. The
beautiful Blackwood font was
given in memory of Private Alfred
By the 1950s, the town of Hey-
field had grown substantially, due
to the expansion of the timber in-
dustry and the arrival of the Soldier
Settlement Commission and the
State Rivers and Water Supply
Commission offices. The town was
the administration centre for the
newly developing Soldier Settle-
ment irrigation district on the
nearby Nambrok Denison Plains.
The Anglican parish included
centres at Glenmaggie, Cowwarr,
Newry and Tinamba as well as
Heyfield. St James church had a
substantial choir and a pipe organ
to provide music for up to three
services on Sundays. The congre-
gation included a large Sunday
school and kindergarten, as well as
an ecumenical youth group with
the Methodist church.
In later years the churches at
Newry, then Glenmaggie and lastly
Cowwarr were closed, leaving only
one centre beyond Heyfield still
operating. Tinamba has a small but
enthusiastic congregation of
around 10 people. In recent years,
the Tinamba church has been the
choice of several brides who see
advantage in holding a wedding re-
ception in the Tinamba Hotel, op-
posite the church.
The Journey Inward &
the Journey Outward
PART of the parishs journey in-
ward this past year has been in-
volvement in the ordination of
Heather Cahill as Deacon. The
service in St James church was a
very spiritual experience for all
who took part and Heathers min-
istry continues to help the parish to
grow and be spiritually nurtured as
This year we have welcomed Deb
Chambers as a new Lay Reader
and, together with Tim Stevens and
David Chambers, we have a min-
istry team which works well to lead
worship in both our churches.
The past year has seen the parish
involved in two studies towards an
extension of our inward journey.
The first was a Lenten study based
on Bishop Johns material on the
Law and Grace. The second study
was based around a course written
by Heather Cahill based on the
book The Shack, with its in depth
look at aspects of the Trinity and
how individuals relate to God, par-
ticularly during times of grief and
There has recently been a feeling
it is time for us as a parish to un-
dertake further study and it is pos-
sible that this will be a major aim
in the new calendar year.
This year the parish also under-
took a Visioning Workshop led by
Archdeacon Heather Marten. This
was an excellent chance to review
what we enjoy about being part of
the parish community, what the
most important values are for the
parish, what are the challenges
faced and what are the gifts we
have to take to the wider commu-
Some highlights included the
recognising the presence of God in
our worship, the warmth of wel-
come to newcomers and a respect
for people and where they are at on
their Christian journey. We will
continue to dialogue with the wider
community through the op shop,
mainly music, pastoral services and
a growth in our corporate spiritual-
Our journey outwards in the past
year included hosting two baptism
services for fourth generation de-
scendants of some of our older
parishioners. Our monthly market
provides excellent opportunities
for mission in the wider commu-
nity, as does our op shop, Twice
Blest, which many do not even re-
alise is an op shop. The atmosphere
is always welcoming and very
friendly and the layout makes it
easy to view and admire the mer-
chandise on display. The parishs
willing band of helpers takes pride
in the decoration of the shop and
the standard and quality of its mer-
During Autumn, we gave thanks
to God for the bountiful harvest,
after so many years of drought and
the parish celebrated with a tradi-
tional Harvest Festival, with lots of
home grown produce displayed.
The produce was forwarded to
needy Koori parents in the east of
Gippsland who were hoping to in-
clude more fresh produce in their
childrens diet in the future.
Heather was spoke during the
ANZAC Day service and took part
in the march as a representative of
the parish.
Our biggest outreach mission this
year has been to young parents in
our own community, through the
mainly music program. After at-
tracting some seeding funds from
the local community bank and hav-
ing musical instruments made by
the local mens shed, we began our
first week with 30 mothers and 40
During the winter our numbers
were reduced; however we still
minister to around 20 families each
week, which is a great joy. From
this program several of the staff are
carrying out support work with
needy families and we are planning
a family picnic next month in a
local park, as well as a family Crib
service in December at the end of
this years program.
continued next page
Heyfield church vibrant with life
ABOVE: Children and mothers
participate in the mainly music pro-
gram in Heyfield parish.
RIGHT: Bounty from the Harvest
Festival helped families in need in
East Gippsland.
November 2011 Our Diocese - Jesus Christ Here and Now for Heyfield Parish 17
The Gippsland Anglican
continued from previous page
Our parish had the chance to en-
gage in activities beyond the parish
during the two weeks in September
when some parishioners were resi-
dent in Ena Sheumack House, en-
abling a ministry of work and
prayer to be undertaken including
works to weed and tidy the garden
beds across the site of the Abbey of
St Barnabas and re-establish the
gardens, including planting vegeta-
bles and organising a composting
system at the house.
Our parish has been host to 10 fu-
nerals in the past year and our min-
istry to these families continues, as
we host a service of remembrance
in the coming week. Among these
funerals was that of Roma
Durham, a long time member of St
James congregation and for many
years a teacher in a number of
Gippsland secondary schools. Her
wisdom and insight will be sadly
Our overseas missionary effort in
recent years has been centred on
raising funds for the needs of our
link parishes in Rwanda and we
were able to send $500 to each
church during the current year. We
were involved recently in the
Samaritans Purse project to pro-
vide Christmas boxes for children
in needy situations. Our parish was
very pleased to be able to provide
28 boxes for distribution as needed.
Our current mission effort is a
Sunday concert on October 30, to
raise funds for the drought affected
people in the Horn of Africa. For
this concert, we are very pleased to
have the skills of Anthony Hahn,
the St Pauls Cathedral organist, as
well as several ensemble groups
from the Gippsland Grammar
School and local trumpet player,
Christopher Dennis.
Our parish council provides an
important administration function
in the parish and we have been
privileged to have the chairman-
ship of David Chambers, Peoples
Warden, to guide the discussion
and debate during this year.
Parish treasurer, Joan Hall, pro-
vides an excellent support role,
looking after the financial records
for the parish. Margaret Beckett as
Rectors warden and Helene Den-
nis as the second Peoples warden
have also provided an excellent and
very skilled support for the running
of the parish, as has our parish sec-
retary, Jannette Stevens.
During the interregnum we have
been very pleased to have the serv-
ices of several retired clergy to pre-
side at a eucharist twice each
month. We would especially like to
thank Reverends Laurie Baker,
Marilyn Obsersby, Elwyn Sparks,
Canon Gordon Cooper and Russell
MacQueen for their assistance in
this very important ministry. Our
parish would also like to thank the
Registry office staff, especially
Kerrie Schmidt, for their wonder-
ful support.
mainly music goes outdoors in Heyfield parish
Looking after the church grounds
The monthly market in the grounds of the church is a positive outreach.
The Christmas boxes.
18 Literary and Media Reviews November 2011
The Gippsland Anglican
By Deryck Schreuder
Fletcher, BH (2010) The
Place of Anglicanism in Aus-
tralia: Church Society and
Nation (Australian Historical
Studies) Broughton Publish-
ing ISBN 9781921488061
RRP $49.95
THIS is a remarkable work of
fine scholarship. Emeritus Profes-
sor Brian Fletcher has exhaustively
covered and integrated the pub-
lished literature on the Anglican
Church as an Australian institution.
He has also taken appropriate ac-
count of the voluminous writings
on the Church of England itself.
Finally, he has thoroughly and
creatively sampled critical archival
deposits of original documentation
which gives added power and orig-
inality to his narrative and to his
The text also bears witness to a
senior scholar at the height of his
research and writing powers. There
is a bold capaciousness in the range
of this history; from broad thematic
trends to issues and personalities.
The judgments are carefully made
and tone is that of the rigorous
scholar, while the study itself is in-
formed by a quiet sense of positive
faith in the ultimate mission and
impact of the church in the life of
our national community.
The narrative style is accessible,
easy to read and often elegant in its
sheer compression of the story. The
whole text is mercifully devoid of
trendy jargon.
It is a critical work, of value to ac-
ademics and students; who will
wish to engage with its detail and
its scholarly judgments. It is also a
work to be read for the sheer pleas-
ure of its narrative, as an example
of modern institutional history at
its best.
The reader comes away with a
sense of having been guided
through a highly complex aspect of
the past by a scholarly guide in
whom they come to have trust for
both his sense and sensibility.
No text is perfect; we are all still
human as scholars. Indeed,
Fletchers book is likely to become
the standard work on the history
of the Church as an institution; a
benchmark for other writers ex-
ploring different and more detailed
aspects of the great story of the
planting of Christianity in a new
world environment.
In conclusion, Emeritus Professor
Brian Fletcher has brought the
same scholarly standards and the
same empathy towards the Angli-
can Church as an Australian insti-
tution, as he did to his recent and
remarkable history of the Mitchell
Library. He has a natural talent to
get inside the very workings and
character of an institution; and to
then offer an analytic narrative
which is deeply valuable to the out-
sider or to those associated with the
institution. We are fortunate, in-
deed, he has turned his attention to
the Anglican Church of Australia. I
would certainly commend this
book to as wide a readership of
Australians as possible.
Review provided by Broughton
Publishing. Emeritus Professor
Deryck M Schreuder FAHA FRHS
LL D, Chair, Australian Universi-
ties Quality Agency, Visiting Pro-
fessor, The University of Sydney,
Adjunct Professor, The Humanities
Research Centre, Australian Na-
tional University and recent editor
of Australias Empire (Deryck
Schreuder and Stuart Ward) by Ox-
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New online resource
By Jeanette Severs
DVD, Birdie & Bogey
(2011) Heritage HM Films.
Available Christian retail
IF you are looking for a good,
wholesome family movie, for any
day or a Christmas present, this is
one you could consider. Birdie and
Bogey is billed as a fathers jour-
ney to fulfil his daughters dream.
However, it is difficult to know
whose dream is whose. The 12
year old Birdie wants to be the best
golf player and we meet her as she
is presented with another trophy.
Her father, nicknamed Bogey and
an ex PGA player who is also her
coach, supports her in that dream.
She reveals early in the story her
other dream is to see him return to
the golf tour circuit.
They become a media phenome-
non when he agrees to a trial return
and a sponsor comes on board to
support his tour. Birdie insists on
being Bogeys golf caddie, then
steps into the shoes of his coach.
The watcher quickly realises this
sets the pace for a serious problem
to arise, but we are not sure what.
Watching it, I became very frus-
trated and annoyed with the father
as it was obvious there was some-
thing wrong with Birdie and any
reasonably observant parent would
be aware of that.
So on one level, the story could
be interpreted as about the selfish-
ness of obsessiveness, but I am not
sure that is the intent of the movie.
Especially as, in the final scenes,
I was very annoyed by the story
line. I am not going to reveal why,
as that would be giving away much
of the story.
However, having stated all this, it
is a nice family movie and, I am
sure, would motivate children to be
active no matter what their ability.
The cast is engaging. Birdies
uncle, a pastor, is a character worth
watching, especially as some of the
dialogue between he and others,
especially his brother (Bogey) re-
veals critical story plot.
There are two cameo appearances
by Birdies mother and, again, I
had to suspend disbelief, because I
found it hard to believe this partic-
ular story line.
This film won Best Feature Film
at The Deep Ellum Film Festival.
Executive producer is Chuck Nor-
ris, better known for martial arts
movies in the 1980s and 1990s, so
it is interesting to watch something
so different from what I would ex-
pect from Norris. There are even
members of the Norris family in
the cast.
The movie was released in Aus-
tralia in September and should be
available at Christian retailers.
Also through Heritage HM,
Birdies bond with Bogey
By Wayne Holst
BELOVED: Henri Nouwen in
Conversation; by Henri J M
Nouwen with Philip Roderick
(2010) William B Eerdmans Pub-
lishing. Paperback & CD $30.95.
Available in Australia from Rain-
bow Book Agencies, Fairfield,
telephone: 03 9481 6611, or
THE spiritual life and teachings of Father
Henri Nouwen, who died more than a
decade ago, continue to inspire and pro-
duce a healthy literary legacy.
Beloved: Henri Nouwen in Conversation
with Reverend Philip Roderick, weaves to-
gether Catholic spiritual values with a
broad ecumenical appeal. Fr Nouwen was
a compassionate contemplative who strug-
gled constantly to creatively link doing
and being into his spiritual vocation.
Beloved is the text of an interview that
Rev. Roderick, an Anglican priest and re-
treat master based in Oxfordshire, Eng-
land, conducted with Fr Nouwen in 1992.
It appears now in book and CD format,
providing the options of reflective reading
and listening.
The book conveys Fr Nouwens views on
loneliness, busyness and living in the mo-
ment. Frequently throughout the interview
he reminds us we are Gods beloved and
wisdom is the important truth of our lives.
Fr Nouwen, author of more than 40
books on spirituality, reminds readers that
instead of viewing personal problems like
boredom as enemies, embrace them as
friends, unmasking illusions hidden be-
neath the surface of our awareness.
Rather than repressing or denying issues
covered up by hyperactivity we can begin
confronting them. Both compassion and
contemplation are important.
Im convinced of the significance of
helping people, of doing things, says Fr
Nouwen. But I want to say that if our ac-
tivity comes from our own insecurity about
who we are then it might not serve the
kingdom (of God).
Nouwen and Roderick talk about intimacy with God
November 2011 Literary and Media Reviews 19
The Gippsland Anglican
Grace by name, grace in life
By Patrick Morgan
WELL-known in Traralgon and
the Latrobe Valley, Grace Youl has,
in her late 80s, written her autobi-
ography, A Charmed Life.
I knew her and her son Bryan a
little in the 1970s through mutual
friends. Her life falls into two parts,
firstly growing up in Traralgon,
marrying and bringing up four sons
after the World War II; then after
her husband Harrys death from a
stroke in 1989, leading a different
type of life with plenty of travel
and new interests.
Grace Cave was born in 1918; her
mother died in 1919, during the
worldwide influenza epidemic.
Grace was sent to be brought up by
her grandparents, the Joness of
Traralgon. Their property, Min-
niedale, then southeast of the town,
was consumed by the Loy Yang
open cut.
In 1940, Grace married Harry
Youl, who came from a dairy farm-
ing family from Turtons Creek,
deep in the hills of South Gipps-
land, before settling in Traralgon.
Grace describes their life from the
1940s onwards as not impover-
ished but frugal and basic. Jobs
were hard to get; they lived in a
Housing Commission house on the
outskirts of town with very few
amenities; the family budget had to
be constantly watched.
She writes of those times:
Survival on one salary was high
on the agenda. We wasted nothing,
especially food. Everyone had
learnt from the Depression and
wartime years. A keen vegetable
gardener, Harry supplemented the
shopping. Plum trees go on forever
and the pear tree was valuable, al-
though retained today just for its
shade. We made sauce and pickles,
bought cases of fruit for jam, and
brewed ginger beer. Using the
trusty treadle machine Dad had
given me, I made my own dresses,
as well as short pants for the young
ones. One cut off the legs of
Harrys long trousers and, using
patterns, made new pants, lining
them with calico bags from the
grocer, a tricky business.
These experiences were pretty
typical of the time, before life in
Australia changed from the 1960s
To cope, families such as the
Youls became self-starters, not re-
lying on others or dependent on
governments, hard working, re-
spectable, community minded and,
in the long run, able to improve
their position.
A feature of her life is the im-
mense number of people she and
her family know as longterm
friends; neighbours, relatives, fel-
low members of the local commu-
nity and acquaintances met on
holidays in Australia and overseas,
whom Grace has kept in contact
This group constitutes a natural
community which shapes its mem-
bers lives and gives them context
and meaning. Today, some people
have to consciously and artificially
construct what they call networks
to replicate what used to happen
Grace, through necessity, became
a Jack or rather Jill of all trades:
mother, typist, secretary, teacher,
committee member, graduate, trav-
eller and now author. She comes
across as a woman of great energy,
determination and focus.
Her four sons and her grandchil-
dren, naturally curious and wanting
to live a full life, are high achiev-
ers, having completed university
courses and moved into profes-
sional lives.
Two are engineers, one a forester,
and the youngest son, Bryan, be-
came a doctor and is now a suc-
cessful neurologist in London. The
Youl descendents mix ability in
practical matters like home reno-
vation with an interest in culture,
food, music and travel.
Familiar Latrobe Valley identities
who appear in these memoirs in-
clude the Anglican Deaconess
Sheila Payne, the piano teacher
Ivan Larsen who taught Grace, the
headmaster Keith Brownbill who
runs University of the Third Age
classes, and Kath Teychenne who
founded the Latrobe Valley
Eisteddfod, which Graces sons
participated in. Her Morwell rela-
tives Bruce and Elsie McMaster
are prominent in local government
and local history circles.
People who become teachers and
write books often have education
in their background. Grace Youls
great grandfather was a Welshman
with an English university degree
who became a headmaster in Aus-
tralia in the 19th century.
Grace has written a book in her
eighties, but so did two other mem-
bers of her family. Her sister-in-
law, May McMaster, was a
remarkable woman who died aged
103 years and lived in three cen-
turies. She wrote a history of her
area, Turtons Creek, in her 80s.
Graces uncle, Horrie Jones, wrote
two books on his area of Traralgon
late in his life.
In recent decades, Grace has
spent much of her life travelling,
mainly in Europe. She is lucky in
having her youngest son, Bryan,
living in London, providing her a
base for European travel.
In addition, Bryan and his wife
Pat own a house in the Camargue
region of Provence in southern
France, where each year in high
summer they stage a music festival.
The family is immersed in music;
one of Graces grand-daughters
sings at the London Proms.
Graces life is a representative il-
lustration of how dramatically
Australia has changed in the past
four or so decades, mainly due to
enormously increased wealth.
In her first 50 years, Grace Youl
lived a life which was basic, where
every penny had to be watched,
with no luxuries or discretionary
spending power, as we now say.
But in the last three decades, she
has been able to go overseas many
times and at last to enjoy the good
things of life.
A great number of Australians
now explore overseas, like Ameri-
cans did in Europe after World War
I. Hundreds of thousands of Aus-
tralians went overseas every month
this year, partly because of the high
Australian dollar. Reciprocally
these journeys have altered the way
we view Australia. Grace Youls
life and memoir is a wonderful ex-
pression of these changes.
First published in Catholic Life
(Sale diocese) October 2011;
Reprinted here with permission.
Books for teenagers
and young children
WITH Christmas just around the
corner, it is time to start looking for
inspirational books for young peo-
ple, teenagers and children.
AMAZING Grace: An Adven-
ture at Sea; by Stephanie Owen
Reeder (2011) ISBN
THIS is a tale of the courage of
16-year-old Grace Bussell, an or-
dinary teenage girl who is thrust
into an extraordinary situation
when a steamship runs aground
near her home on the southwest
coast of Australia in 1876. Using
eyewitness accounts and other his-
torical documents of the time, the
author brings this compelling true
story alive.
On the night the Georgette leaves
Fremantle, the ship starts taking on
water. With the water rising, the
situation becomes desperate and
some of the passengers are herded
onto a lifeboat, only to be thrown
into the chilly water after the Geor-
gette, struck by a huge wave,
ploughs into the little boat. What
follows is a story of acts of brav-
ery, as frantic attempts to rescue
the drowning people are made.
When the Bussell family and
their workers hear the news a ship
has run aground on the coast near
their home, Grace doesnt hesitate
and leaps on her horse, riding for
an hour to get to the sinking ship.
There she and Sam, the familys
stockman, gallop into the wild surf
to save the remaining crew and
Other titles by the same author
for this age group: Lost! A true tale
from the bush. RRP $29.95.
COLOUR My World! (2008) by
Stephanie Owen Reeder; published
by New South Press; ISBN
IN an unusual approach to ex-
ploring colors in the life of a child,
Stephanie Owen Reeder has se-
lected black-and-white photo-
graphs of children from the
National Library of Australias
Pictures Collection and combined
them with brightly coloured pages
and an engaging interactive text. In
Colour My World! children are en-
couraged to interact with the boys
and girls who gaze at them from
the pages, join in the rhythmical
text and respond to the colours.
A helpful note for parents pro-
vides ideas for using the book with
children and further information on
the twelve colors covered. This is
a fun way for young children to in-
crease their visual literacy skills
while finding out more about col-
ors, the world and themselves.
THE First Christmas, illustrated
by Simon Mendez, retold by Karen
Williamson; published by Candle
Books; distributed by Rainbow
Books; RRP $16.95.
THIS illustrated book simply
retells the birth narrative from the
Bible and concludes with 3D pop-
up of the nativity scene, complete
with baby Jesus in the manger, vis-
ited by the shepherds and wise
TWO Minute Parables, retold by
Elena Pasquali and illustrated by
Nicola Smee; published by Lion
Childrens Books; distributed by
Rainbow Books; RRP $16.99.
THE parables Jesus spoke con-
tain much wisdom. It was his way
of conveying important messages
so they could be remembered.
They had a big impact because
they were remembered by the
Gospel writers and recorded so
everyone could share in the wis-
The parables featured in this book
are pitched at younger readers, per-
haps eight to 10 years old. They
will be able to understand the basic
message contained in each and will
remember the parables when they
next hear them read at church.
SCRIPTURE Union Australia
has just launched SoundBytes, the
first Bible reading guide specifi-
cally developed for teenagers to
engage with the Bible. SoundBytes
is an electronic Bible reading guide
for 12 and 13 year olds that deliv-
ers the Bible in bite-sized pieces
and combines audio with an e-
book and accompanying booklet.
SoundBytes is designed to appeal
by using digital technologies. Each
Bible reading guide, with five
weekday devotionals, can be
loaded onto their mobile phone,
iPod or MP3 player, or viewed in
multimedia format on their com-
puter. There is also a printed book-
let with activities to reflect on what
they have learned and to apply
these lessons in a practical and fun
20 Our Diocese - News and Pictorial November 2011
The Gippsland Anglican
Cathedral to be
ABOVE: In New Zealand, the earthquake-damaged Anglican Taonga
ChristChurch Cathedral is to be deconsecrated. The considerable damage
to the Cathedral after the earthquake in 2010 and subsequent earth
tremors, has caused it to be partly demolished. Considered the most rec-
ognized church in New Zealand, the Cathedral, pictured above some
years ago, is to be deconsecrated ahead of the demolition.
By Taonga staff
BRUTHENs St Matts Church
Caf has a permanent presence at
the monthly village market, with
devonshire teas, sandwiches, tea
and coffees being enjoyed on a reg-
ular basis by the locals and visitors
alike. All proceeds help the parish
Recently, a a decision was made
to donate all proceeds for the day
to support the work of Act for
Peace and Medicin san Frontiers in
the Horn of Africa.
The caf was buzzing with
African music, colourful table-
cloths, Act for Peace posters and
information. Donation envelopes
and leaflets were alongside books,
DVDs, toys and bric a brac for sale.
The whole experience heightened
what is already a feeling of joyful
community spirit.
The world is in crisis and we need
to acknowledge it is a problem for
all of us; as individuals, as com-
munity members and as Christians.
St Matthews congregation felt
even the smallest donation in the
tiniest village can make a differ-
ence. The amount of $345.75 was
raised; $200 will go to Act for
Peace and the remainder to
Medecin San Frontiers.
The group hope to do this again
in December, with the help of all
those who donated time or goods,
attended the market caf, bought a
book or just chatted and smiled; it
was a wonderful experience.
Contributed by Heather Rose
$ for $ relief
BRUTHEN parish was overjoyed
to hear about the Australian gov-
ernments Dollar-for-Dollar initia-
tive, to match each dollar donated
to appeals run by AusAID-accred-
ited non-government organisations
(NGOs) working to alleviate the
food crisis in the Horn of Africa;
money donated between October 5
and November 30, 2011. This
means if you donate $50 to one of
these NGOs, the Australian gov-
ernment will match it with $50.
The need for assistance remains
acute. More than 13 million people
require urgent humanitarian aid. In
Somalia, 750,000 people are at risk
of starvation and 1.3 million chil-
dren are acutely malnourished. Un-
precedented numbers of people are
fleeing their homes for neighbour-
ing countries.
The situation is being made
worse by life-threatening cholera
and measles outbreaks in the re-
gion. Australia has already donated
$128 million to the crisis but there
is still a need for more.
Ethiopia has also been severely
affected by the drought and famine,
compounded in the Afar region by
volcanic eruptions contaminating
remaining water supplies. People
are severely malnourished and
pregnant women and children are
weakened and are particularly vul-
nerable to disease.
Anglicords relief and recovery
work will focus here, where it has
a longstanding relationship
through Australian midwife, Va-
lerie Browning. Anglicords cur-
rent relief work includes trucking
water and providing medication
and food for vulnerable women
and children.
Future work will involve restock-
ing livestock so families can begin
earning an income again.
You can donate securely online at or by tele-
phone on 1800 249 880. Donating
online reduces Anglicords costs,
so your support goes further.
Or post a cheque to Anglicord:
PO Box 139, East Melbourne,
Bruthen aids East Africa
Several people from across the diocese attended
a Quiet Day, organised by Anam Cara, at the home
of Oliver and Carolyn Raymond in Tyers. The
book Seeking the Sacred by Stephanie Dowrick,
has inspired several Anam Cara members who de-
cided to explore some themes of the book. Jan
Huggins and Carolyn Raymond prepared talks on
three themes: Reverence, Identity and Do No
Harm. The themes were explored through talks,
worship, prayer and focus questions; with time for
silent contemplation during the day.
Contributed by Carolyn Raymond
Seeking the
ABOVE: An Ultreya was held at Bass on September
18, led by Margaret and John Tatman. The witness
speaker was Robert McKay. Seventeen Cursillistas
from Bass, Phillip Island, Inverloch and Corner Inlet
attended. It was a most blessed gathering, being able
to set aside time to share prayer, praise and reflection
together with others of the Cursillo family and to en-
courage Margaret and Robert as they prepare to lead
the Cursillos in July 2012. Please pray for team mem-
bers and candidates for the Mens and Womens Cur-
sillos in July 2012.
Contributed by Liz Hall
ABOVE: Reverend Anne Lawson, Vicar of the parishes of Haslington
and Crewe Green in the Diocese of Chester in North West England and
Ruth Cross of Lakes Entrance and Metung parish. Rev. Anne is cousin of
Jan McIntyre, wife of Gippslands Bishop John McIntyre. She is on sab-
batical from her parishes for three months carrying out research for an
MA dissertation on rural ministry in the dioceses of Gippsland and
Chester. As part of her research, Rev. Anne was staying at Bishopscourt
and travelling around the diocese, meeting clergy and receiving hospi-
tality from clergy and parishes alike.
Photo: Jeanette Severs
ABOVE: A King James Bible, brought to Australia with the First Fleet
in 1788, and signed by Queen Elizabeth II on this and previous visits, is
stored at St Philips York St Church, Sydney. The large leather-bound
bible is considered a foundational document in Australias formation.