Picking up the Peaces of the Plenary

My first instinct was to write ‘picking up the pieces’ of last week’s Australian Plenary Council. It certainly would have a ring of truth. I have received many emails and phone calls expressing pain, disillusionment, anger and even trauma. There was a midweek crisis in which the motions relating to “Witnessing to the Equal DignityContinue reading “Picking up the Peaces of the Plenary”

Preaching to the Converted

I was 21 years old, a university student, and attending multiple different churches and spiritual groups at the time. Because of my work in the interfaith movement, I was invited to attend the World Conference of Religions for Peace in Kyoto, Japan. And when I returned – young, naïve and confident – I contacted severalContinue reading “Preaching to the Converted”

Deacons and the Plenary Council Proposals

Australia’s Plenary Council First Assembly Proposals from Small Groups and Individuals Members have recently been released. There were a number of proposals that specifically named, promoted and sought to extend the role of deacons in the Australian Church. These were: Question 3 (Small group report): Culturally prepare deacons for ministry in partnership with Aboriginal andContinue reading “Deacons and the Plenary Council Proposals”