From The Bishop

A Pastoral Letter on the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is now known to us. Around 62% of the participants in the survey agreed that same-sex couples be allowed to marry under Australian law. Well over a third of Australians did not agree with this proposition, and 20% of the population abstained…

A Pastoral Letter on Marriage

Australians will participate in a postal survey on the redefinition of marriage beginning in September 2017. I thought it was worth reflecting on how our Diocesan Vision to be a church for Tasmania, making disciples of Jesus, informs how we should think about this. Following Jesus on Marriage As disciples of Jesus we are called to…

Dark MOFO Festival

Last week our airwaves and newspapers were awash with stories and commentary on a proposed event for the Dark MOFO Festival this winter. The event will see an animal carcass, its blood, and entrails used in a ritualistic way over audience participants and an altar. All of this is billed as an artistic performance to…

Royal Commission

On Monday the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released their report of Case Study 36 – The response of the Church of England Boy’s Society and the Anglican Dioceses of Tasmania, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney to allegations of child sexual abuse. The Report details the findings of the Royal Commission on…

Poker Machines – Letter to Parliament

One of the resolutions from this year’s Synod was for me to make known the damaging impact that poker machines have on communities, asking all parishes and individuals in our diocese to join with me in campaigning on this issue. Poker machines are designed to addict and always favour the “house”. They cost too many…

Do we need Atonement?

The proposed Dark MOFO performance by Hermann Nitsch, in which an animal is used to cover people ritualistically with blood has understandably caused a great deal of public comment. As I write, the signatories to the petition against it continue to rise, and the airwaves are awash with comment. At the outset I should say…

In times like these 

I have spent much of the summer thinking about and teaching from the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah. These two books tell the story of the return of the people of Judah to the city of Jerusalem after the Exile. It is a time in Israel’s history where the people of God look…

Royal Commission Update

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse is in its final stages. As I write, the final hearing for the Anglican church is underway, where the Commissioners are drawing together all that they have learned to make recommendations to us to make for a safer future. I am grateful to God for this commission for…

A Year in the Saddle

“A Year in the Saddle” – is the title given to me by BCA Victoria for a talk I am giving in May about my first year in Tasmania. While a number of my predecessors literally spent time in a saddle, I have enjoyed driving over 28,500km in a comfortable car through this great state…