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A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop

The Bishop of Tasmania writes about Voluntary Assisted Suicide Legislation, and the Oxford Vaccine. Click here for the letter.

GEN.3:15 – using art as a conversation opener

For over thirty years Maz Gill-Harper has been making artworks, aiming to open conversations about the Lord Jesus, both within the church and the secular world. Here Maz explains her GEN.3:15 art installation at St George’s Anglican Church, Battery Point. “I carved into the upper ‘leg’ of this sculpture, ‘GEN.3:15’, so a viewer might ponder:…

Farewell to Rev John Middleton

On Sunday 26 July, women from Mary Hutchinson and men from Ron Barwick prisons came together in separate services, to farewell Rev John Middleton. John joined the Risdon prison ministry team in July 2015 providing regular communion services and supporting ex-offenders returning into the community. A warm time was had in both prisons. John was…

Live & Die Well – campaign against assisted suicide

I am very concerned about the so-called End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020, which will be debated in the Upper House in early September. While the Bill’s proponent, Mike Gaffney, Member of the Legislative Council (Mersey), has held community forums across Tasmania little discussion was allowed and the Bill itself has not had the…

Anglicare invites you to become part of the TazKids experience

Anglicare Tasmania held two TazKids camps in the recent school holidays, and from all accounts they were “awesome’’. The camps give children who have a parent or guardian impacted by mental health issues a fun, rewarding break from the everyday. They are part of a program funded through the Tasmanian Government’s Strong Families Safe Kids…

Applause from Glenview residents

For the past couple of months, each Thursday morning residents at Glenview Community Services’ Windsor Street site have gathered to watch the online church service from St David’s Cathedral. Glenview’s Activities Program Coordinator, Meagan Lee, accessed the Morning Prayer service from the Diocesan YouTube channel and played it for those who were interested. “The residents…

Rural Mission Training Day – 1st August – online event

How do we ‘pass on the baton?’ What do we need to do to ensure that parishes, especially in rural communities, have a future? How do we train up the next generation to provide continuing leadership in our parishes? How do we reach out to a younger generation? The Training Day is for those with…

Returning to Face-to-Face ministry with young people in COVID-19

As we plan to return to ministry in-person, we are faced with a variety of responses and expectations. For some people, in-person ministry is longed for and a relief, for others, there is much anxiety associated with the return, for others still, their vulnerable status means they will not meet in-person. Some of you will…

You are welcome – World Refugee Day 2020

World Refugee Day 2020 is June 20. The theme is Year of welcome. Jesus said, “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”. Matthew 25:35 (NRSV) He then went on to say, “Truly I tell you,…