From The Bishop

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…

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…