From The Bishop

Tough times for church building new connections

Undeniably, the past few months have been extremely challenging for The Anglican Church and many Tasmanians. Our desire to join the National Redress Scheme to fulfil our obligations in providing redress to survivors of child sexual abuse meant we needed to raise capital. We believed that selling some of our assets was the best solution.…

Pastoral Letter – Final decision on sale of Churches – 2 December 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I send you Advent greetings this morning in this season of hope and anticipation. We prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus into our world, both in remembering His birth and as we eagerly await His return, confident in God’s sovereign purposes for our lives. The past few months have been…

Pastoral Letter on Redress – 23 August 2018

My dear brothers and sisters, The last couple of months have been very challenging for the Diocese of Tasmania, as we have grappled with our response to redress. I know that many Parishes have been thinking and praying hard about how to respond to the Synod’s plan to levy our investments and the proceeds of…

Presidential Address 2018

The Right Revd Dr Richard Condie, Bishop of Tasmania, delivered his Presidential Address 2018, at the Third Ordinary Session of the 53rd Synod in Launceston, on 1 June 2018. Presidential Address 2018

Selling churches brings no joy but is the right thing to do

Two days before I began as Bishop of Tasmania I invited a survivor of sexual abuse to meet me to tell his story. In an organisation where sexual abuse of children had regrettably been a part of the history, I needed to hear an insider’s perspective. Since then I have met with other survivors, done…

Collective responsibility for righting past wrongs

The Anglican Church in Tasmania is proposing to sell over 120 properties to fund its projected obligations to provide redress for survivors of child sexual abuse.  This sacrifice expresses the church’s desire to provide restorative justice, recognition and support to survivors for the wrongs they have experienced by past leaders of the church. So, who…

The Importance of Redress for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has done a great service to our country. With compassion and courage, it has exposed the dark secrets of sexual abuse in institutions. My institution, the Anglican Church in Tasmania, is one of the ones on which the Royal Commission shone its light and we…

A Pastoral Letter before our State Election

Dear Brothers and Sisters, With a State election on 3 March, and some major policy issues at stake, I have been reflecting on the Scriptures and how they can inform and guide our decision-making. The Bible tells us we should uphold our leaders in prayer. Please join me in upholding all candidates. “I urge, then,…

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…