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Open Space Dialogue

Synod, June 29, 2019

Book of Proceedings & Participant Details

Introduction 3

Sponsor’s Reflection 5

Those Able to Participate 6 -18

Summary of Topics & Plans 19 – 20

Breakout Conversations 21 – 119

Action Plans 120 – 134

Synod 2019 Open Space was facilitated by Brendan McKeague & Michael Wood

Brendan McKeague Michael Wood

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The Third Session of the Seventy-Ninth Synod, (28-30 June 2019), this year, hosted Open Space
dialogues for the first time.

Open Space is a concept designed to open up a productive dialogue between participants.

It is not necessarily about coming to an agreed outcome, but a powerful way to gain insight into
each other’s opinions. Invariably new possibilities are realised through the process, and participants
come away with fresh ideas and new avenues to explore.

This valuable dialogue most naturally emerges when people are sitting face to face; connecting us
with ancestors from times past who have sat in circles and talked things out at city gates, at the
market place, or elsewhere.

All members of Synod, and some additional Diocesan staff, were invited to participate in this six
hours of self-organising and emergent dialogue, in response to the gathering question:

“What is God calling us to be and to do?”

The Archbishop set the tone for the Open Space with his opening Presidential Address on the
Friday evening. First thing on Saturday morning, facilitators explained the process and opened up
the circle for everyone who wanted to put forward topics and create the agenda. This was followed
by three periods of breakout dialogues, and a final closing session.

Participants made valuable use of the time together, to listen deeply and share ideas. For many
participants, it was the first time they had an opportunity to raise an issue, or have their voice heard,
during Synod.

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Almost 60 topics were canvassed during the breakout conversations and over a dozen Action Plans
were proposed. It was a great success with new connections being made, and ideas emerging from
the dialogue. Many conversations continued afterwards.

You can view the Presidential Address and other pre-Open Space explanatory material at the link:


This Book of Proceedings contains all the notes and plans made by participants on the day. It is a
literal transcription, or summary, of conversation points, as reported by participants themselves. It is
not a verbatim recording, nor a “report” on the day.

As such, no responsibility is taken for “fact-checking”. Notes may contain opinions of an

individual, group, and/or the note-taker which do not reflect the opinions or position of the
Church or Diocese more widely.

The intent of Open Space is to allow room for self-organising and for things to emerge. These notes
capture just a snapshot of conversations and are intended as a prompt for memory, for ongoing
conversation and action for those with passion and responsibility.

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Sponsor’s Reflection
I want to thank you for your participation in this great experiment.

The whole place was buzzing with energy for six hours.

Conversations have ranged over a wide variety of topics.

A record has been made of each of them and will be compiled into a ‘Book of Proceedings’ which
will be available within the next week or so.

The Book of Proceedings will be sent to each member of Synod so you have it available for
reference as you take forward the things you have committed yourself to in the conversations. You
will have it all in your hands.

As you read the Book of Proceedings and mull over what has been recorded, it’s likely that you will
come across conversations that you were unaware were going on today, or that you didn’t
participate in today but would like to contribute to, going forward. Having access to the whole
proceedings with names of contact people for each project will enable you to join in that work as it

The Book of Proceedings will also become a resource for the Diocesan Council and each of the five
commissions. Each official body will be asked to review the Book of Proceedings to identify
conversations and actions that strike them as potentially fruitful for their work and to take steps to
support and remain informed about those conversations and actions.

The proceedings will also be published on the Diocesan website so that they become available as a
resource for every Parish council, school, organisation, and indeed every Anglican who might want
to involve themselves, contribute to or follow what happens from here.

I hope and pray that the conversations and plans that have emerged from these sessions and
recorded in the proceedings will continue to ferment constructive initiatives in mission over the next
few years. I hope they stimulate many others who have not been here to offer their contributions. I
hope many of you will build on this beginning.

We are indebted to our expert facilitators Michael Wood and Brendan McKeague. The prospect of
herding 500 Anglicans for six hours through such an open agenda, most of us would find daunting.
And yet we’ve been facilitated not controlled; enabled not constrained; empowered to move forward,
not held back. Please join me in thanking them.

Archbishop Phillip Aspinall,

Closing remarks, 29 June 2019

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Those Able to Participate

President: The Most Rev’d Dr Phillip J Aspinall, BSc, Grad Dip RE., BD (Hons), PhD, MBA
Archbishop of Brisbane and Metropolitan of Queensland

The Right Rev’d Jeremy D Greaves, KSJ, BTh

Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Brisbane (Northern Region)

The Right Rev’d Andrew (John) Roundhill, MA (Hons), BTh (Hons).

Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Brisbane (Southern Region)

The Right Rev’d Cameron D Venables BA (Hons); BTh.

Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Brisbane (Western Region)


Name Appointment

The Rev’d Karen Allen Assistant Priest, Parish of Bundaberg

The Ven Olaf Anderson Rector, Parish of New Farm
The Rev’d Frances Andrews Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Pittsworth
The Rev’d Simon Arok Honorary Assistant Priest, Parish of St Paul’s, Ipswich
The Rev’d Gerard Bahre Honorary Deacon, Parish of Mitchell
The Rev’d Ian Bailey Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Brisbane Valley
The Rev’d Graheme Baldock Rector, Parish of Redcliffe & Area Dean of the Redcliffe
The Rev’d Jeffery Balnaves Rector, Parish of Mundubbera-Eidsvold-Monto
The Rev’d Susan Barker Honorary Assistant Curate, Parish of Fortitude Valley
The Rev’d Christopher Bate Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Booval
The Rev’d Daniel Berris Priest-in-Charge, The Lakes Anglican Church
The Rev’d Deborah Bird Assistant Priest, Parish of St James’ Toowoomba
The Ven Canon Bruce Boase Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Green Hills Anglican Community;
Honorary Canon, St John’s Cathedral
Area Dean, Deanery of Brisbane North West
The Rev’d Timothy Booth Mission Chaplain and Honorary Deacon, Parish of New Farm
The Ven Kevin Bourke Rector, Parish of Stafford and
Archdeacon of Lilley
The Rev’d John Bretz Honorary Deacon, Parish of Waterloo Bay
The Rev’d Stephen Briggs Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Banyo
The Rev’d Jonathan Bright Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Alexandra Hills
The Rev’d Jonathan Brook Associate Priest, Parish of Surfer’s Paradise
The Rev’d David Browne Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Dalby

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Name Appointment
The Rev’d Zoe Browne Honorary Assistant Priest, Parish of St Bartholomew’s,
Toowoomba and Chaplain Toowoomba Anglican College
The Rev’d Ingrid Busk Assistant Priest, Parish of Gympie
The Rev’d Helen Button Priest in Charge, Parish of Zillmere
The Rev’d Mark Calder Rector, Parish of Noosa
Area Dean, Sunshine Coast Deanery
The Rev’d Donald Campbell, (Bro Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Annerley and Priest-in-Charge,
Donald Campbell SSF) Parish of East Brisbane

The Ven Mark Carlyon Rector, Parish of Toowoomba, St James’; Archdeacon of the
The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt Dean of St John’s Cathedral
The Rev’d Jilleen Chambers Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Kilcoy
The Rev’d Ian Chevis Honorary Deacon, Parish of Logan
The Rev’d Elizabeth Chol Honorary Assistant Priest, Parish of S Paul’s Ipswich
The Rev’d Danielle Clark Assistant Curate, St John’s Cathedral
The Rev’d Raymond Clifton Mission Chaplain, Spiritual & Pastoral Care Manager
The Rev’d Jennifer Colbrahams Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Gatton – Ma Ma Creek
The Rev’d Bill Colbrahams Associate Priest, Parish of Gatton – Ma M Creek
The Rev’d John Coleman Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Centenary Suburbs
The Rev’d Canon Nicole Colledge Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Clayfield
Honorary Canon, St John’s Cathedral
The Rev’d Julie Craig-Leaves Chaplain, West Moreton Anglican College
The Rev’d Jan Crombie Rector, Parish of Kenmore-Brookfield

The Rev’d Susan Crothers- Chaplain, St John’s Anglican College

The Rev’d Brenda Davis Deacon & Chaplaincy Support Officer, West Moreton Anglican
The Ven Keith Dean-Jones Rector, Parish of Bundaberg & Archdeacon of Burnett
The Rev’d Heather Dearden Assistant Priest, Parish of Warwick
The Rev’d David Deng Honorary Assistant Priest Parish of Caboolture
The Rev’d Michael Donaldson Priest-in-Charge,
Parish of Sandgate-Northpoint
The Rev’d John Dougherty Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Gold Coast North
The Rev’d Jasmine Dow Mission Chaplain, St Francis’ College

The Rev’d Samuel Dow Honorary Assistant Priest, St Francis’ College

The Rev’d Patrick Duckworth Chaplain, St Hilda’s Anglican School
The Rev’d Tania Eichler Rector, Parish of Maroochydore
The Rev’d Moira Evers Priest in Charge, Parish of Buderim
The Rev’d Mark Fairhurst General Secretary, CMS Qld & Nth NSW
The Rev’d Michael Faragher Rector, Parish of St Lucia & Archdeacon of Oxley
The Ven Denise Ferguson Rector Parish of Cleveland; Archdeacon of Moreton, Priest-in-
Charge, Provisional Parish of Stradbroke Island
The Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free Rector, Parish of Hamilton

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Name Appointment
The Rev’d Terence Frewin Priest in Charge, Leichhardt Chinchilla Anglican Mission District
The Rev’d Ian Furby Chaplain, St Luke’s Anglican School
The Rev’d Bryan Gadd Senior Chaplain, Anglican Church Grammar School
The Rev’d Elizabeth Gaitskell Chaplain, Matthew Flinders Anglican College
The Rev’d Rosemary Gardiner Assistant Priest (p/t), Parish of Hamilton
The Rev’d Lee Gauld Honorary Assistant Priest, Parish of Stafford
The Rev’d Jeremy Gehrmann Rector, Parish Of Coorparoo
The Ven Richard Gowty Archdeacon Emeritus – Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Palmwoods

The Rev’d Avriel Green Priest-Rector, Parish of Caboolture

Area Dean, Deanery of Redcliffe
The Rev’d Peter Grevett Deacon, Parish of Logan
The Rev’d Suzanne Grimmett Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Indooroopilly
Area Dean, Deanery of Brisbane West
The Rev’d Richard Gummow Assistant Curate, Maranoa Warrego Anglican Mission District
The Rev’d Scott Gunthorpe Rector, Parish of Waterloo Bay
The Rev’d Kenneth Hansen Honorary Deacon, Parish of Dalby;
The Rev’d Canon Gary Harch Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Kangaroo Point, Residentiary
Canon St John’s Cathedral
The Rev’d Phillip Hardie Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Gold Coast South
The Rev’d Pauline Harley Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Toowoomba West
The Rev’d Kay Hart Rector, Parish of Goondiwindi
Area Dean, Deanery of the Southern Downs
The Ven Valerie Hoare Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Tamborine Mountain & Archdeacon
of the Gold Coast
The Rev’d Daniel Hobbs Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Manly
The Rt Rev’d Jonathan Holland Mission Chaplain – Executive Director MEC and Principal St
Francis’ College
The Rev’d Stephen Hooper Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Sunnybank
The Rev’d Martyn Hope Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Morningside
The Rev’d Kenneth Hopper Rector, Parish of The Gap (Co-Ord Chaplain, Greenslopes
Private Hospital)
The Rev’d Geoffrey Hoyte Rector, Parish of Logan & Area Dean Logan Deanery
The Rev’d Jacqueline Hurren Mission Chaplain, Kokoda Barracks, Canungra (Tamborine
Mountain Parish)
The Rev’d Dr Josephine Inkpin Lecturer, St Francis College
The Rev’d Christopher Ivey Principal, St Andrew’s Anglican College
The Rev’d Jeanette Jamieson Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Maleny
Area Dean, Sunshine Coast Deanery
The Rev’d Beverley Jane Assistant Priest, Parish of Cooroora
The Rev’d Jeffrey Jarvis Chaplain, Fraser Coast Anglican College
The Rev’d Daniel Paulraj Jayaraj Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Chermside
The Rev’d Peter Jeffery Assistant Priest, Parish of Sunnybank
The Rev’d Christopher Johnson Associate Priest, Parish of Gold Coast North
The Rev’d Lynda Johnson Associate Priest, Parish of Gold Coast North

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Name Appointment
The Rev’d Penelope Jones Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Auchenflower-Milton & Director of
Formation, St Francis’ College
The Rev’d Shaji Joseph Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Gympie
The Rev’d Peter Judge-Mears Rector, Parish of Wishart
The Rev’d Rebecca King Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Yeronga
The Rev’d Sandra Kjellgren Rector, Parish of Lutwyche & Area Dean, Brisbane North East
The Rev’d Michele Knight Honorary Assist Curate, Parish of Ipswich
The Rev’d Charles Lacey Priest in Charge, Provisional Parish of Springfield
The Rev’d Stephen Lake Honorary Deacon Parish of Clayfield
The Rev’d Max Lambourne Priest –in-Charge, Parish of Wilston
The Rev’d Dr Catherine Laufer Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Coolum
The Rev’d Mark Leam Chaplain St Paul's School
The Rev’d Canon Sarah Leisemann Chaplain, Cannon Hill Anglican College, Residentiary Canon,
St John’s Cathedral
The Rev’d Gregory Loumeau Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Hervey Bay
The Rev’d Adam Lowe Rector, Parish of St Bartholomew, Toowoomba
The Rev’d Canon Richard Martin Rector, Parish of All Saints', Brisbane
The Rev’d Peter Mayen Assistant Priest, Parish of Toowoomba, St Luke’s
The Rev’d Gary McClellan Community Chaplain, St Andrew’s College
The Rev’d Ian McGrath Associate Priest, Parish of South Brisbane
The Rev’d Ann McGuinness Chaplain, All Saints Anglican School
The Rev’d Stephen McMahon Rector, Parish of Ipswich
The Rev’d Canon Linda McWilliam Director of Mission & Social Justice, Anglicare, Honorary
Canon, St John’s Cathedral
The Rev’d Claye Middleton Assistant Priest, Parish of Bundaberg
The Rev’d Jane Mitchell Rector, Parish of Algester
The Rev’d Paul Mitchell Priest-in-Charge, Parish of St Luke’s Toowoomba
Area Dean, Toowoomba Deanery
The Rev’d Sharon Mitchell Chaplain, The Glennie School
The Rev’d Stephen Monsiegneur Assistant Priest, Parish of Ipswich
The Rev’d Alan Moore Rector, Parish of South Brisbane, Area Dean, Brisbane South
East Deanery
The Rev’d Iain Moore Rector, Parish of Hendra-Clayfield
The Rev’d Gillian Moses Chaplain, St Aidan’s Anglican Girl’s School
The Rev’d Dr Howard Munro Mission Chaplain - Archbishop’s Chaplain
The Rev’d Dr Timothy Nicholson Assistant Priest, Parish of Caloundra
The Rt Rev’d Robert Nolan Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Moggill-Mt Crosby
The Rev’d Gay Nye Honorary Deacon, Parish of Chermside
The Rev’d Miriam Nyrene Honorary Deacon, Parish of Boonah-Harrisville
The Rev’d Louise Orpe Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Rosewood
The Rev’d Dr Jonathan Osborne Honorary Associate Priest, Parish of Sandgate-Northpoint &
Honorary Assistant Chaplain Prince Charles Hospital
The Rev’d Canon James Oulds Rector, Parish of Nundah
The Rev’d Helen Paget Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Boonah-Harrisville & Area Dean,
West Moreton Deanery
The Rev’d Robert Paget Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Samford

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Name Appointment
The Rev’d Bronwyn Pagram Assistant Priest, St John’s Cathedral
The Rev’d Carol Palmer Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Inala
The Rev’d Peter Palmer Rector, Parish of Beenleigh
The Rev’d Donald Parker Rector, Parish of Southport
The Rev’d Ronald Paschke Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Woolloongabba

The Rev’d Lorna Pattison Honorary Deacon, Parish of Caboolture

The Rev’d Allan Paulsen Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Holland Park
The Rev’d Eron Perry Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Burleigh Heads
The Rev’d Stewart Perry Rector, Parish of Robina-Mermaid Beach
Area Dean, The Deanery of the Gold Coast
The Rev’d Dr Andrew Peters Rector, Parish of Everton Park
The Rev’d Donna Petersen Rector, Parish of Wynnum
The Rev’d Michelle Philp Deacon, Parish of Wishart
The Rev’d Desmond Potter Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Strathpine
The Rev’d Fang Ling Quested Mission Chaplain, Ecumenical Co-ordinator QUT
The Rev’d Morris Rangiwai Honorary Assistant Priest, Parish of Algester
The Ven Laurel Raymond Priest-in-Charge Parish of Allora-Clifton,
Archdeacon of Cunningham
The Rev’d Harold Reuss Priest-in-Charge – Parish of Nerang and
Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Mudgeeraba (part time)
The Rev’d David Rogers-Smith Mission Chaplain (Bush Church Aid)
The Rev’d Dr Daniel Rouhead Assistant Priest, Parish of St Bartholomew, Toowoomba
The Rev’d Mary-Anne Rulfs Honorary Assistant Priest, Parish of Gold Coast North &
Chaplain, Coomera Anglican College
The Rev’d Michael Saminathan Honorary Assistant Priest, Parish of Annerley
The Rev’d Andrew Schmidt Rector, Parish of Bundaberg West,
Area Dean Burnett Deanery
The Rev’d Steven Schwarzrock Rector, Parish of Bribie Island
The Rev’d Cheryl Selvage Honorary Assistant Priest, Parish of Mt Gravatt, Diocesan
Hospital Ministry
Co-ordinator; Residentiary Canon, St John’s Cathedral
The Rev’d Peter Shayler-Webb Rector, Parish of Sherwood
The Rev’d Ann Shepperson Honorary Assistant Priest, Parish of Maleny
The Rev’d Jennifer Simson Rector, Parish of Grovely
The Rev’d Daniel Sitaram Priest-in-Charge Parish of Stanthorpe
The Rev’d Trevor Sketcher Assistant Priest, Parish of Surfer’s Paradise
The Rev’d Canon Gary Smith Associate Priest, Parish of Mt Gravatt
The Rev’d Howard Smith Rector, Parish of Bramble Bay
The Rev’d Dr Ann Solari Honorary Deacon, St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane
The Rev’d Michael Stalley Rector, Parish of Chelmer-Graceville; Area Dean Brisbane
South West Deanery
The Rt Rev’d Dr Douglas Stevens Rector, Parish of Mt Gravatt & Area Dean Moreton Deanery
The Rev’d Rosanne Stower Honorary Deacon, Parish of Biggera Waters-Coomera Valley
(known as Parish of Gold Coast North)
The Rev’d George Stuart Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Rochedale

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Name Appointment
The Rev’d Thomas Sullivan Rector, Parish of Toowong, Area Dean, Brisbane West
The Rev’d Anthony Swansson Rector, Parish of Beaudesert
The Rev’d Daniel Talbot Rector, Parish of Jimboomba; Police Chaplain
The Rev’d Dr Debra Tedman Honorary Assistant Curate, Parish of Surfers Paradise
The Rev’d Dr Mervyn Thomas Assistant Priest, Parish of Indooroopilly
The Rev’d Beverley Thorogood Honorary Assist Priest, Parish of Toowoomba, St James
The Rev’d Geoffrey Traill Mission Chaplain, Enoggera Barracks
The Rev’d Canon Richard Tutin Canon, St John’s Cathedral
The Rev’d Christopher Tyack Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Eastern Hills
The Rev’d Michael Uptin Rector, Parish of Surfer’s Paradise & Area Dean Gold Coast
The Rev’d Canon Julia Van Den Canon Pastor – St John’s Cathedral
The Rev’d Mark Vincent Honorary Assistant Priest, Parish of East Brisbane
The Rev’d Margaret Wesley Assistant Priest, Parish of East Redland
The Rev’d Jonathan Whereat Chaplain, The Southport School
The Rev’d Nicholas Whereat Rector, Parish of Aspley-Albany Creek
The Rev’d Erika Williams Assistant Curate (p/t) Parish of Springfield and
Chaplain (p/t) Springfield Anglican College
The Rev’d Susan Wilson Rector, Parish of Maryborough

The Rev’d Scott Windred Assistant Curate, Parish of Mt Gravatt

The Rev’d Steven Wockner Priest-in-Charge, Parish of Kawana Waters
The Rev’d Rodney Wood Honorary Assistant Priest, Parish of Alexandra Hills
The Ven Julie Worrall Rector, Parish of Caloundra with Glasshouse Country,
Archdeacon, Sunshine Coast
The Rev’d Ceridwen Wynne Tutor-Chaplain, St John’s College, St Lucia



Mrs Gail Abbott CARINDALE

Mrs Narrelle Allen NERANG
Ms Alexandra Amankwah STAFFORD
Ms Pixie Annat LUTWYCHE
Mr Paul Ashley BARDON
Mr Daniel Aspinall HAMILTON
Mrs Rebecca Axelson GROVELY
Mr Daniel Axelson GROVELY

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Ms Leonie Barnes BUDERIM
Mrs Annette Barnes NUNDAH
Mr Anthony Barrow BUNDABERG
Mr Joshua Beausang MORNINGSIDE
Mrs Sandra Beck CHERMSIDE
Mrs Jann Bishop KINGAROY
Mrs Narelle Blunt SUNNYBANK
Mr Chris Bovey LOGAN
Ms Anne Braithwaite MAROOCHYDORE
Mrs Susan Brandis ST HILDA'S SCHOOL
Mrs Lesley Briggs IPSWICH NORTH
Mrs Barbara Briggs BANYO
Mrs Helyn Brockman GOODNA
Mrs Christine Bromwich EKIBIN
Ms Wendy Brown ZILLMERE
Dr Paul Browning ST PAUL'S SCHOOL
Mrs Susan Buchanan IPSWICH
Mr John Butterworth NOOSA
Mrs Jane Butterworth BUDERIM
Mr Peter Buttery SUNNYBANK
Mrs Joycelyn Cameron BRISBANE VALLEY
Mrs Beryl Carroll GOONANEMAN
Mr Geoff Clarke INALA
Mrs Pamela Clemments ZILLMERE
Ms Kaye Clouston FRESHWATER
Ms Margaret Compton TOOWOOMBA, ST LUKE'S
Ms Mary Couche NOOSA
Ms Rebecca Crockett COOLUM
Miss Leanne Cronk TOOWONG
Ms Karen Crouch CSC
Ms Denise Cruikshank THE GAP
Mrs Cheryl Cumming GAYNDAH
Mrs Katrina Dale BOOVAL
Dr Gemma Dashwood Section 5, Synod Canon

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Mrs Suzanne Davis BUNDABERG
Mrs Nadine Dwyer EAST BRISBANE
Mrs Charmaine Dyer ALEXANDRA HILLS
Ms Cheryl Dymock SHERWOOD
Ms Sue Ellis BOOVAL
Mr Jeffrey Eustace BRIBIE ISLAND
Mrs Marie Flegler MAROOCHYDORE
Dr Kim Forrester CSC
Mrs Gail Frankcom NEW FARM
Mrs Sylvia Free DRAYTON
Mr Alan Gallimore CATHEDRAL
Mr Christopher Gehrmann YERONGA
Mrs Elizabeth Gillam THE GLENNIE SCHOOL
Mr Julian Glassock WILSTON
Dr Christopher Gourlay CATHEDRAL
Ms Sarah Gover NORTH PINE
Ms Allison Gray REDCLIFFE
Mrs Desley Green THE GAP
Mrs Merilyn Greensill HERVEY BAY
Mr David Hale ANNERLEY
Mr Bushra Hamid YERONGA
Mr David Hampson WISHART
Mr Patrick Hanly ROMA
Mrs Beverly Hargreaves STRATHPINE
Mr Kenneth Hargreaves STRATHPINE
Ms Margaret Harrington NEW FARM
Mr Martin Hawkins ROCHEDALE

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Dr Sylvia Haworth CHERMSIDE
Mr Neil Henzell WYNNUM
Mr Stephen Hilditch COOROORA
Mr Ross Hodson WYNNUM
Mrs Rosemary Hogan BURLEIGH HEADS
(Southern Region)
Mrs Janet Hurman OAKEY
Mr Fredrick Hurman OAKEY
Mrs Lesleigh Jackson GOLD COAST SOUTH
Mrs Julie James BEENLEIGH
Mrs Marjorie Johansen GATTON-MA MA CREEK
Mr Lawrie Johansen GATTON-MA MA CREEK
Mrs Judith John MT GRAVATT
(Western Region)
Mr Richard Johnson KAWANA WATERS
Mr Ian Jones GYMPIE
Mr Grantley Kemble GOLD COAST NORTH
Mr Robert Kersnovske SAMFORD
Ms Tammlynn Kimpton DALBY
Ms Anna-Britt Kjellgren LUTWYCHE
Mrs Prudence Klaer WOOLLOONGABBA
Ms Carmen Kleindienst GREEN HILLS
Mrs Karen Kronk PITTSWORTH
Mr Arthur Kunde KILCOY
Mrs Honor Lawler EKIBIN
Mr David Lawler NANANGO
Ms Suzanne Lazarevski LAIDLEY
Mrs Penelope Leimeister JIMBOOMBA
Mr Tony Levick COORPAROO

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Mrs Karen Llewellyn BRIBIE ISLAND
Mrs Teresa Lloyd HAMILTON
Mr Hugh LuckHurst Smith HENDRA-CLAYFIELD
Mr David Lupton COOLUM
Mr Stuart MacKenzie NORTH PINE
Mr Scott Malcolmson ITHACA - RED HILL
Dr Russell Manfield SOUTHPORT
(Southern Region)
Mr Earl Marken WISHART
Mr Richard Mason ST LUCIA
Mrs Diane Massurit ST GEORGE
Mrs Annabelle McDonald ALL SAINTS, BRISBANE
Mr Michael McDonnell BEENLEIGH
Mr York McFadzean ST GEORGE
Mrs Pamela McHardy MARYBOROUGH
Mrs Maria McIvor St John's Anglican College
Mr Peter McMurturie GOONDIWINDI
Mrs Coral McVean NAMBOUR
Mr Barry Miller CROWS NEST
Ms Marilyn Moore SHERWOOD
The Hon
Justice Debra Mullins Chancellor
Mr David Murray STAFFORD
Mrs Susan Myring MALENY
Ms Hope Nakagawa-Morrison ROBINA-MERMAID BEACH
Mrs Rhonda Nelson ALGESTER
Mr Ian Nelson ALGESTER
Mrs Gwendolyne Neuendorf CENTENARY SUBURBS
(Northern Region)
Mr Derrick Newton KANGAROO POINT
Mr Darren Nicholls HERVEY BAY
(Western Region)

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Ms Elizabeth Nunn BANYO
Ms Kaye Oakley BARDON
Mrs Eveline Pengilley GOODNA
Mr Grant Peters BRAMBLE BAY
Mr Darren Pitt The Springfield Anglican College
Mr Rodney Powell MORNINGSIDE
Mrs Dorothy Prasser IPSWICH NORTH
Miss Vaishi Rajanayagam MT GRAVATT
Mrs Pamela Ray WILSTON
Mrs Gillian Rees LEICHHARDT
Mr Garry Richter MALENY
Mr Mark Robinson ROSEWOOD
Mr Jeffery Rogers WARWICK
Mr Christopher Rohde MANLY-TINGALPA
Mrs Joanne Rose CARINDALE
Mr Joseph Samson TOOWONG
Ms Rona Sandilands KINGAROY
Mrs Patricia Schmidt GOLD COAST NORTH
Mr Steve Scott St John's Anglican College
Mr Bart Seaton-Said EAST BRISBANE
Mrs Susan Sharpe ROMA
Mrs Carolyn Siemsen NUNDAH
Ms Aileen Sinclair MUDGEERABA
Mrs Angela Slack GAYNDAH
Mr Victor Smith EVERTON PARK
Mr Donald Smith BULIMBA
Mr David Sneesby ITHACA - ASHGROVE
Mr David South NAMBOUR
(Northern Region)
Mr Robert Standish-White CLAYFIELD, ST MARK'S
Mrs Aline Stinton WATERLOO BAY

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Mrs Kathryn Swansson BEAUDESERT
Mr Robert Sweeney WATERLOO BAY
Mrs Gail Symons BRAMBLE BAY
Mrs Vivien Taylor INALA
The Hon
Justice David Thomas Deputy Chancellor
Mr Allan Thomson BULIMBA
Deaconess Margaret Thornton BURLEIGH HEADS
Dr Samantha Towers MOGGILL-MT CROSBY
Mrs Gayle Tuckwood EAST REDLAND
Mrs Sally Turnbull CHINCHILLA
Ms Loretta Tyler-Moss LOGAN
Mr Duncan Unwin ITHACA - RED HILL
Mr Lewis von Stieglitz WARWICK
Mrs Susan Waddell DALBY
Mr Milton Walit LAIDLEY
Ms Heather Walker HOLLAND PARK
Ms Suzanne Walker GREEN HILLS
Ms Linda Wallis SAMFORD
Mrs Margaret Warren STANTHORPE
Mr Brough Warren STANTHORPE
Mrs Jenny Wedemeyer BUNDABERG WEST
Mrs Lorraine West PITTSWORTH
Mr Raymond White REDCLIFFE
Mr Koda Whitney JIMBOOMBA
Mrs Glenys Willocks KILCOY
Dr Julie Wilson-Reynolds ST HILDA'S SCHOOL
Mr Gregory Windsor FRESHWATER
Mrs Tina Woodall DRAYTON
Dr Jack Wright GYMPIE
Mr Mark Young ANNERLEY
Mr Warren Young COORPAROO
Mr Graham Young HOLLAND PARK
Mr Jason Zagami SOUTHPORT

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Attendance at Synod – under Section 3

Ms Sherril Molloy Executive Director,
Anglican Schools Commission
Ms Sandra Long Executive Director, Finance and Diocesan
Services Commission
Mr Douglas Porter Chair, Finance and Diocesan Services
Dr Stephen Harrison Executive Director, Parishes and Other Mission
Agencies Commission
Mrs Cathy Grant Chair, Parishes and Other Mission Agencies
Mr Jonathan Sargeant Director Lay Education,
Ministry Education Commission
Ms Fiona Hammond Lay Education Project Officer,
Ministry Education Commission
Mr Jonathan Kemp Director Youth, Children and Families Ministry,
Ministry Education Commission
Ms Christine Ellis RAP Co-ordinator

Clergy in Locum-Tenens Situations or Permission to Officiate requests – under Section 3

The Rev’d William Pearson
The Rev’d Jamee-Lee Callard
The Rev’d Owen Strong
The Rev’d Marjorie Charrington (locum – Crow’s Nest)
The Rev’d Peter Moore
The Rev’d William Redman
The Rev’d Professor Rodney Wolff
The Rev’d Malcolm Bell
The Rev’d Canon Emeritus Bruce Maughan
The Rev’d Canon Dr James McPherson
The Rev’d David Snape
The Rev’d Bruce Sligo

Commission Participants in Open Space

Ms Sally Isles Vanessa Gamack
Ms Belinda Macarthur Robert Nettleton
MEC Commission FDSC
Mr Peter Kline Mr Hiro Kawamata
CSC Mr Patrick Meuleman
Mrs Susan Cooke
Mr David Barrie

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Summary of Topics & Plans
Session One .......................................................................................................................................... 21
1A - What might Christian Communities look like beyond the Parish model? ........................................................ 22
1B - Support for victims of crime and prison staff ................................................................................................... 24
1F - Bullying Policy .................................................................................................................................................. 26
1G - How can we best support rural and remote ministry? (A) ............................................................................... 27
1G - How can we best support rural and remote ministry? (B) ............................................................................... 29
1H - Can the post-modern (and subsequent) ways of thinking accommodate Christian doctrine? (A) .................. 30
1H - Can the post-modern (and subsequent) ways of thinking accommodate Christian doctrine? (B) .................. 32
1J - Chaplaincy: Why is it important and how does it fit with Mission? ................................................................... 33
1L - Church Planting: How do we do more? ........................................................................................................... 35
1M - The strategic role of Diocesan Council: exploring DC report & key focus areas ............................................ 36
1N - The how and why of revitalising the local parish ............................................................................................. 37
1P - ASC Report: How do we bear witness to the heart and mind of God and how can church schools flourish
and influence in a secular community? ................................................................................................................... 39
1R - Recognise climate change and the environment between the city & the bush ............................................... 41
1S - Where do we go with reconciliation after the Statement from the Heart? ....................................................... 43
1T - Assurance for Food & Fibre Producers as Land Stewards .............................................................................. 46
1U - How can we instill a sense of doing better and being better in those who have spent a life on a downward
spiral? (A) ................................................................................................................................................................ 48
1U - How can we be stewards of wildlife and their wellbeing with God’s help? (B) ................................................ 49
1V - How to support and encourage neurodiversity in the church? ........................................................................ 51
JENSEN 1A - How do we change the presentation of our church to attract more people, especially the young?. 52
JENSEN 1J - Can the Diocese respond to the climate emergency by becoming an energy co-producer? ........... 54

Session Two.......................................................................................................................................... 55
2A - How do we best affirm & support sexually and gender diverse people in our churches and around the
world?. ..................................................................................................................................................................... 56
2B - What opportunities are there for our children to hear about God? .................................................................. 58
2C - What will a church who has reformed its culture and tradition look like & how will we get there? .................. 59
2D - Are young adults difficult to engage in faith? ................................................................................................... 60
2E - How could we think creatively about chaplaincy in the Diocese?.................................................................... 62
2F - Thy kingdom come … calling power to account .............................................................................................. 65
2G - What does a Christian community look like for a struggling parish to give hope for our survival? ................. 67
2H - What can PMC do to support Parish Health? (being intentional about it) ....................................................... 69
2J - How can we facilitate children’s faith formation & participation? ..................................................................... 71
2K - To ‘be’ rather than to ‘do’ ................................................................................................................................. 72
2L - Ideas to grow the church (A) ............................................................................................................................ 75
2L - Ideas to grow the church (Breakaway group) (B) ............................................................................................ 77
2M - Sudanese immigrants to Australia have so many challenges. What can the church do best to support
their congregations? ................................................................................................................................................ 78
2N - Incentivise priests to regional areas? .............................................................................................................. 79
2Q - Authority of Bible.............................................................................................................................................. 80
2R - How can the church promote freedom of religion and freedom of expression whilst modelling Christ-like
inclusiveness and tolerance? .................................................................................................................................. 82
2U - What is Anglicare Southern Queensland’s part in God’s Mission? ................................................................. 83

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2W - How can we be more evangelistic in our outreach to our secular society? .................................................... 84
2Y - Cathedral Chapter: Generous hospitality and a place of transformation ......................................................... 86
JENSEN 2D - Caring for, empowering and equipping single people in our Churches ........................................... 88

Session Three ..................................................................................................................................... 89

3A - Procedures for major projects.......................................................................................................................... 90
3B - Maintaining our Catholic beliefs in a post-truth world? .................................................................................... 91
3D - Growth opportunities for Hospice in the Diocese ............................................................................................ 92
3E - Why do parishes not use Cursillo? What can we do? How can Cursillo equip parishes & to empower
people? .................................................................................................................................................................... 93
3F - How do we publicly make everyone feel welcome at the Anglican table? ....................................................... 94
3G - How can we best resource the mission of the Church (including CDSC report)? ........................................... 96
3H - Live and practice our faith in the public square. .............................................................................................. 98
3K - How to make the Parish Church more relevant to the community ................................................................ 102
3L - Being Prophetic – Speak Boldly ..................................................................................................................... 103
3M - Can we continue together? What models of union would be an acceptable compromise to all who have
strong views on marriage equality? ....................................................................................................................... 105
3N - How might we reverse the long-term decline in Church Marriage; and again encourage all people to
consider celebrating their marriage in our church ................................................................................................. 106
3O - How can we support Clergy Wellbeing? ........................................................................................................ 108
3P - Identifying and training nurturing leaders for thriving community .................................................................. 109
3Q - Faith seeks understanding - the MEC report - and how do we encourage vocations?................................. 111
3T - How can same sex couples be married in the church? ................................................................................. 115
3U - Time to debate moving forward from our difference ...................................................................................... 116
JENSEN 3A - Licensing of lay preachers (and role of laity generally). ................................................................. 118
JENSEN 3F - Can the Diocese raise funds for Living Well Men's services for sexual abuse survivors? ............. 119

Action Plans .............................................................................................................. 120

Action Plan 1: Cross-disciplinary chaplaincy networking and brainstorming ........................................................ 121
Action Plan 2: Climate Change .............................................................................................................................. 122
Action Plan 3: Is there a way together – continuing the conversation................................................................... 123
Action Plan 4: Living out faith and voice in the public square ............................................................................... 124
Action Plan 5: Assistance for native species of plants .......................................................................................... 125
Action Plan 6: Networking to support rural and remote ministry, especially exploring :Parish partnerships ........ 126
Action Plan 7: Convening a conversation around new models of Christian Community ...................................... 127
Action Plan 8: Prayer ............................................................................................................................................. 128
Action Plan 9: Facilitate reading in area of same-sex marriage, Queer, Transgender, Theology ........................ 129
Action Plan 10: Resourcing – what does your church do well, with a view to being a model to other churches? 130
Action Plan 11: Resource sharing hub for rural ministry which involves both practical and human resources .... 131
Action Plan 12: Where do we go with Reconciliation after the Statement from the Heart? ................................. 132
Action Plan 13: Change the presentation of the Church to attract more people to church especially young but
of all peoples .......................................................................................................................................................... 133
Action Plan 14: Church planting ............................................................................................................................ 134

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Breakout Conversations

Session One

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1A - What might Christian Communities look like beyond
the Parish model?

INITIATOR: Gillian Moses RECORDER: Jan Crombie

PARTICIPANTS: 55 people, including

Kay Rhodes
Aline Stinton
David Hale
Paul Sims
Sandra Long
Wendy Brown
Peter Shayler-Webb
Rebecca King
Cathy Grant
Karen Crouch
Vaishi Raja
Cameron Venables
Sue Grimmett
Anne MacRonald


• Is the parish model the only option for the church as “faith/ Christian Community”? How else
could we be church?
• Running a “small business” not attractive.
• Place of chaplaincy
• Need presence in community - need different model/ structure, different ways of
communicating and “us going to them”, eg aged care
• Not in opposition to parish model
• Tension of cultural difference in Christian communities, -> open up to a different leadership
model to be able to bring people together with right foundation as a starting point.
• Need to reach out (go out) SHIFT model of being in community
• Do we need to be maintaining so many buildings… burden
• Early church model – small groups meet in homes
• What if -> hub space -> for admin etc, communities meet away from centrality
• Should we pay clergy? Worker priest model
• The closing model is risky – need to change financial model as well. Who pays the clergy?
Central model.
• Q -> are there parishes doing technological communication? And we don’t have the
• Virtual communities – not utilising

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• Central place for fellowship – in our communities – make yourself known in the community,
ie join in with what is happening.
• What is it we are offering? Be confident in that.
• Real issue about how clergy spend their time. Too much compliance.
• Repurpose/ multi-purpose our buildings
• Identify the key issues in the community
• Services geared to age groupings
• How do we measure success? Whole system gear to ‘bums on seats’ -> need to change
• Central funding as a way of changing model
• Faith education imperative, also own personal call / vocation
• Putting ourselves in the market place…-> who?
• Really need more volunteers going from parishes
• Culture of today – employment uncertainty; and vocation being ‘life-long’ -> what does that
look like?
• Diaconal ministry – the way we seem to be talking about this
• Concern of how much time we spend talking about maintaining this model -> need to step
out and try new models -> RISK TAKING
• Run pilot program as a new venture/ project
• What do they look like/ how do we do alternative models? -> people of courage, eg
spreading compliance work across people
• Financial model for parishes broken
• Re-orient to a faith community culture -> need radical steps/ change
• Chaplaincy model on rise (as against decline of parishes)
• Skills audit -> and matching gifts
• Honoring where we are -> and parish model being transition
• Challenge of busy people along the way
• We need to “keep around” for the needs that emerge for people -> need attractive message
• Change-makers need support and encouragement, and those wary need support and
• Social justice model of community
• Electronic impetus with engaging people (all ages)
• There are good things happening – eg podcasts -> we are not necessarily sharing enough
• We are not reaching a certain age group re not-knowing technology
• Small groups important

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1B - Support for victims of crime and prison staff

INITIATOR: Fr Ian Bailey RECORDER: Colleen McArthur

Colleen McArthur
Barb Briggs
Claire Dean
Fr Stephen Briggs


2 groups that are felt to be under-supported

Prison staff/officers Victims of crime

• Often forgotten group in our community • Disconnect from God ‘Why has this
— work in a high risk, mentally strained happened to me?’
environment. Police chaplain often left • Provide a loving environment – connect
with little time to support staff. again with God
• Don’t support each other well. • High return on investment and great
example to set for the community

• Raise the profile of church, particularly in light of Royal Commission

→ validating offenders rather than victims → by praying for prisoners/criminals
• Prisoners have already disconnected from God. The return on investment is low for the risk and
effort → important group to support
• Church needs to understand the effects of:

1. Working in a prison environment

o ↑ levels of cortisol constantly (constant state of high alert)
o Shift work
o Long term depression, marriage issues, social issues
2. Victims
o Even B&E victims have incurred long lasting effects
o With DV, there has been some understanding there which needs to be acknowledged
(eg women who didn’t leave an abusive relationship because the church did not allow

Chaplains in the community constantly, but not ‘good enough’ to be in a parish

More support for chaplains who can help so much in this area (victims of crime).
Church message seems to be stronger for criminal support than as a support for victims of crime
(DV victims being a large exception to that rule)

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Now need to speak more openly about our local members of community who have been victims of

• Add to prayer list

• Don’t give up on seemingly lost causes because it is too hard
o What is right and wrong?
• Growth of the church would come through chaplaincy
• Bringing victims of crime together
o Can this be facilitated by the church?
o We can do better at this
o Comfort in coming together (common understanding)
Dialogue and message
→Crime was not caused by God but by humans who don’t have God in their lives

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1F - Bullying Policy

INITIATOR: Phillip Hardie RECORDER: Phillip Hardie



• Discussion – clear
• Professional Standards
• “Being Together”
• Fear of using term bullying
• Bullying policy for staff not for parishioners
• Need for behaviors to be defined
• Bishops seen as ineffective – need training
• Clearly defined process
• Benefit from describing behavior and alerted the individual
• Need for process
• Call for clear definition/description
• What responsibility does the priest have to manage unacceptable behavior to ensure safety
for vulnerable

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1G - How can we best support rural and remote ministry? (A)

INITIATOR: Paul Mitchell RECORDER: Julie James

Katie Hart, Alan McHardy, Hope Nakagawa, Hiro Kawamata, Sue Waddell, Mary Couche, Ian
Nelson, Julies James, Paul Mitchell, Nadine Dwyer, John Butterworth, (over 40 participants in total)


• Parish Partnerships – consistent and regular formalise.

• Struggling parishes with no priests, lack of money,
• Lack of Leadership
• Monthly visits. No regular contact
• City church adopting/supplementing a rural parish?
• Tara – different parish rep/month (even 2 years)
• Gayndah – thriving thru prayer
• Projects, offer to hope to others – ask city parishes to assist (Deacons ? etc ) – Structure
needed urgently.
• VIP keep people in communion/together.
• Identify a priest to an areas (eg chaplaincy) –
• Space for being ecumenical? Leichardt
• People to go to whatever service is on, irrespective of denomination.
• Idea sharing – tell their stories to others
• Facebook page?
• Bishop Jeremy and Cam have a Facebook page.
• Internet – not reliable.
• Face to Face; word of mouth – currently
• Meals provided during floods Arrow Blazaid (in emergencies)
• ?? - Mission teams could visit
• Gayndah – to and from - Solomon Islands (6 weeks best)
• VIP - Strong prayer team
o Relationships and commitment
o Rural and remote partnerships – learning from both parties
• ABM resources page – partnerships info
• Robina parish looking for a partnership opportunity

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• SFC, SC building partnership with Leichardt /Chinchilla
• Applied for grants? Plants and Equipment only not R & M
• Give hope but not sustainability
• Homestays in city, for “country” people for medical treatment eg on students to uni
• 2/3 share your life/ whats it like here? Homestay?
• VIP Praying for one another
• Rural “storytelling” in Weds Weekly? Focus? BOTH!

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1G - How can we best support rural and remote ministry? (B)

INITIATOR: Rev’d Paul Mitchell RECORDER:


Rev’d Louise Orpe, Rev’d Jocelyn Cameron, Irene May, Glenys Willocks, Rev’d Terry Frewin, Rt
Rev’d Jonathan Holland, Graham Briggs.


‘Rural Hub’ suggestion – sharing resources eg. Youth, human resources as well as networking.
Ministry – join youth groups

Work more closely ecumenically – drawbacks wedded to property.

Rural Hub suggestion – some formation students to come to assist in pointers for things like youth
groups – support and gain experience.

Liaise with St Francis College Formation students to support youth events in parishes, especially
rural communities.

Could work in reverse ie. Parish kids to attend city events – maybe a youth program revolving
around St Francis College.

Child Safety provisions are a consideration.

Change can be a joy (like a new birth) but change in the way a parish is run can/may not be
accepted by existing parishioners. Sharing resources between denominations in a locality should
be encouraged.

Being able to integrate church attendees regularly who attend separate services is difficult. Being
able to integrate churches within the parish is also difficult. Breaking down those barriers would
instantly support the rural clergy.

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1H - Can the post-modern (and subsequent) ways of thinking
accommodate Christian doctrine? (A)

INITIATOR: Margaret Compton RECORDER: Margaret Compton

About 35 people attended this session, with a core of around 20 who participated throughout.

• The initiator outlined some basic precepts of postmodernist ways of thinking to set the
• We have no access to reality, only to perception of it; there are only individual perceptions,
and no one of them can be established as the “correct” one; the notion of any metanarrative
is considered not to be feasible.
• In comparison, Christian doctrine forms a major metanarrative, is a shared perception held
by the church, and claims there is access to absolute truth.
• The question for this session was about whether the church can speak in meaningful terms
to those who think in postmodern ways; can Christian doctrine be intelligible in that thought
• About 35 people attended this session, with a core of around 20 who participated
throughout. Many views and considerations were shared, with people contributing g
reservations and uncertainties as well as experiences and preferences. Below are points
illustrating this diversity:
o Doctrine is challenged within the Church as well as by societal forces.
o In the latter, it may be on philosophical/epistemological grounds, within the church it can
be by dispute about sources of authority.
o Some doctrines are experienced as behaviors by both church members and wider
society, especially if still cast in ancient terminology.
o One participant suggested finding shared experiences (e.g. discernment of the sacred)
as a good basis for dialogue.
o We may also discover shared perceptions in some areas; and particular doctrines may
make a match with perceptions.
o Another pointed out that we use hermeneutics in many areas of knowledge and belief in
our lives, contextualizing what we receive, so this aspect of postmodernism is not new.
o A contribution was made drawing out the need to be careful in our assertions in that we
are dealing with two very influential factors - the question of the nature of truth, and the
fact that, in our finitude, we can only approximate our expression of the infinite.
o One way forward is to connect with others through asking big questions – questions
about those aspects of life which concern all humans.
o Some participants wanted emphasis to be put on other ways of helping new people
come to Christian faith, but since the topic of the session was specifically to do with ways
of thinking and doctrine, we did not linger on these points.

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• Can we find sharing of perceptions or can we make our doctrines fit their perceptions (e.g
how to discern God)
• Finding shared experiences that point to the sacred.
• What you be conveys values
• Challenges to what the church claims (e.g. on modern social issues) including Bible quoting.
• Put aside public perception of belief – welcome into church, and then later talk about beliefs.
• Some doctrines are barriers for both church people and those not believers.
• Each person contextualizes what teaching he or she receives from the church.
• P-M’n and relativism do not provide an anchor – how best for the church to approach others:
• If more things are being changed from “sin” to acceptable in both church and wider society,
do the doctrines of sin, salvation etc. still have force?
• Young people often looking for purpose – when enter an Anglican Church will get a wide
variety of attitudes, way of believing. “What do I anchor onto” Why is this person here? Each
person who interacts with the new attendee may be the last!” “Belong before you believe”.
• Archbishop – (1) the nature of truth and (2) how we as finite cannot fully express the
infiniteness of God.
• Ask q! Invite the others to say how they view big doctrinal topics.
• Q. that make an impact/emotion for them
• The Lambeth Quadrilateral sets out Anglican essential doctrines. The “3 orders” requirement
is about Catholicity both geog’y and hist’y.

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1H - Can the post-modern (and subsequent) ways of thinking
accommodate Christian doctrine? (B)


Kate Swansson, Tony Swansson, Mark Carlyon, Graham Young, Irene May

• Yes and no
• Ritual vs social justice — society — Cathedral does it well
• Jesus based (NT) vs fundamentalism (OT)
• Old Testament foundational to modern faith vs only New Testament — Jesus’ ministry
• Language, ritual and doctrine not helpful to non-churched people
• OT cultural — God sent violent events; NT Jesus — God is love
• Modernist version of how the world works so not interested in church
• Church more value in postmodern world — Jesus teaching so amazing — it’s transforming
• Gospels written for different people and answering different questions
• Power of the Eucharist — life giving
• How can we build a church that takes seriously what has happened over the last 2000 years
and find a space for everyone in today’s society?
• Church can be anywhere — on the golf course, op shop, Indigenous community — not
necessarily the buildings — it’s the community you’re in
• Acceptance and tolerance — reconciliation forgiveness is what builds a church
• Sound leadership needed — action is important — showing love, compassion etc
• Structuralism — postmodern — the meaning of words come out of the context of the time
and place
• Relativity — your truth and my truth are different. If there’s not a single truth then nothing can
be wrong! Post modernism.
o Modernism — we believe there are absolute truths ie Jesus is the Son of God
• Doctrinal statement — Principal and application
o All life is important vs abortion
• Secular vs Christian (religious) views — conflict
• History of church not compatible with postmodern society

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1J - Chaplaincy: Why is it important and how does it fit with Mission?

INITIATOR: Sally Isles RECORDER: Sally Isles

Participants Cheryl Selvage, Rhonda Nelson, Leigh Gauld, Ann Solari, Michelle Philp, Cathy Grant,
Ann Shepperson and many others.


• Should not be a question we have to ask!

• Doesn’t matter if it results in “bums in church” – irrelevant.
• This ministry is the “core” of the Bible, and should be a basis of what we do.
• ‘Church’ is not a building – it’s not about “going to church” it’s about doing God’s work
• How does the Church engage with the community – through chaplaincy
• “seems out of sight, out of mind”
• Seems to only become important when something happens and chaplains are called to
• Hospital chaplaincy takes a load off the parish priest
• Community chaplain – “service that provides to the community” – a listening ear. Not a
counsellor. Chaplaincy is about “growing faith” or “opening the door” to a faith journey.
• Anglican chaplains for the homeless? – immense need for a listening ear.
• People want people who care and listen.
• Hospital chaplains – ability to connect with people from all walks of life.
• How do we engage with the young people in the volunteer chaplaincy space.
• Clergy – don’t want to be part of a church that doesn’t place a high value on chaplaincy as
integral to the mission of the church
• Hospital chaplaincy – 1 out of 20 actually attend church.
• Chaplains – connect and re-connect
• Chaplaincy stops us from being a “holy huddle” – provides a link to the community.
• Chaplaincy has an outward focus – helps us in understanding the community around us
• 4Police chaplaincy – allows access – some challenges around defining the role.
• Jimboomba Parish – chaplaincy is an extension of the parish. Included in Sunday prayers
and annual report.
• Chaplaincy – is a “ministry of presence”
• People say “I don’t believe in God” but then say “when I get to heaven, I am going to ask
God”…. LOL
• Secular organisations value chaplains more than our church does.

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• Chaplains live out the two greatest Commandments.
• Jesus didn’t go around building congregations, he built a Kingdom

How do we connect with the chaplains?

• Create a ‘Friends of Chaplaincy’ group?
• Defence chaplains – valued by Defence, very little profile within the church
• Mt Gravatt parish
• Diocese is looking for growth, and would like to be –
• Chaplains are not limited by parish boundaries, priests are
• Chaplains can be the interface between parish and community
• Is chaplaincy a new way of being church?
• Volunteers – Spiritual Direction?
• Can a connection be made to the Anglican Visitor so this becomes the “chaplaincy” link.
• Can Deacons have chaplaincy as part of their role – challenge is that Deacons are not
allowed to be chaplains. “Vocational Deaconate”.
• What are the “God moments”?
• What does the title “Chaplain” mean?
• School chaplaincy – on the wane? If we lose those children at schools, when will we reach
“I don’t believe in God, but I miss him!” Chaplains help people to find the God they don’t
believe in.
• How do we help parishes – understand what it means – to connect…..
• Chaplaincy is about a ‘God connection’, not a ‘church connection’
• Are younger clergy – perhaps “scared” of being at a death – do they need more training to
be on call?
• New priest – 200 hrs visiting in parishes; 200 hours in chaplaincy? Encourage to assist
hospital chaplain at a death, good experience good debriefing.
• Encourage clergy to be oncall; engage with Hosp chaplain.
• How do we better support Deacons?

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1L - Church Planting: How do we do more?

INITIATOR: Chris Johnson RECORDER: Amy Norman

Charlie Lacey, Ron Paschke, Adam Lowe, Amy Norman, Mark Fairhurst, Gary Smith, John
(approx. 25 present)


• Establishing vision beyond parish.

• Need for financial strategy – how to find it?
• Utilise knowledge of those who have done it before and identify entrepreneur leaders at or
before theological training. (pre identification)
o Role of interns.
o Ordinands experience with churches planting or planning to plant
• Types of planting
o Diverse e.g. in parish, network, partnering/merging
o Focus on mission, targeted.
o Importance of engagement, courageous leadership, open conversations

• Change of culture to be outward looking

• St Mellitus –
o helpful to have the whole spectrum of theological positions, mixed mode learning, no
silver bullet, contextualization is important, work with what God has given to you and
context of community of need.
o Need to be missional and evangelistic
• Resource Church – in the budget, larger churches sharing resources – buildings, specialists
teaching resources etc. leverage what is currently flourishing to support others generously.
• How much time are we investing in things of growth rather than maintain things that are not
o Need to change type of leadership and different types of leadership for context.
o Importance of equipping leaders
o Team mindset
o Sharing of the vine project

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1M - The strategic role of Diocesan Council: exploring DC report
& key focus areas


PARTICIPANTS: T Reid and R Kerr, and others


Making space for a sense of integration of the different arms of the Church. The ability and will to
work together, share resources break out of silos/parochial thinking.

Focus: format for older people and the content. Want to hear more about current issues of the day
and our churches view of them.

Well managed but not well led: need skills in this area. Work on leadership training.

What is the role of clergy as perceived by DC? DC has not specifically addressed this but there is a
lot of work being done to align the ABP/clergy and parish growth framework/leadership to be more
effective. However do clergy need a clear role description? DC has a key governance role: role for
bishop clergy and lay to listen and work in partnership.

However how does DC manage the large businesses of Anglicare and school and remain focused
or parish ministry.

Does DC have enough time to fully discuss strategic matters? What would increase its governance
“score”? - Perhaps re-arranging the agenda around key focus areas rather than structures eg
commission by commission reports.

Perhaps DC could self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of each meeting to try to improve

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1N - The how and why of revitalising the local Parish

INITIATOR: Neville Eckersley RECORDER:

PARTICIPANTS: Raymond - Redcliffe, Alison - Redcliffe, Janice - Kawana, Belinda - PMC, Steve
H - PMC, Anne – Woolloongabba, Merilyn G - Hervey Bay, Terry L - Coorparoo, David - Rochedale,
Ann - Maleny, Margaret T - Burleigh Heads, Wayne - Boonah, Ian, Neville, Greg W – Freshwater.


Summarised by high rise one block from beach historical Sermons Methodist to church for 20 years
• Facebook
• Young children

Old congregations, Young adults, need to young it up

Merry Church
Understand the Gospel
Asian, Indian
Prayer Book
Sermons ramble on

• Welcomer
• Little smiles
• Little building

How we become welcoming compassionate caring

o Actions can put others off
o Clique groups

Unable to cross the boundaries with younger generation

Dwell, hearing, hymns, told a simmer
St Barts live band - 2 services, traditional, young
Depends on how sung, to invite friends
Want intergenerational Church
Kids need to feel part of community
- Told here to tell 5 adults
- Need to be welcoming.

Hendra-Clayfield, 8 years, 20 people, Believed message.

Relationships central
Social view of church changed now, only provide baptism on Sunday for congregation

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Positives – exciting times
Like a hospital – “come to be healed” and worship together
Find peace in your life
Support each other
Not growing the faith.

1. Essential – redefinition of “church” as “Christian community”.

Christian message must be re-interpreted but stay true to the biblical message.
2. “Faith and Belief in Australia” – McGrindle Research is valuable.
“International League of the Forgiven” our pre church entrance.
Need for particular Intergenerational need of the Christian faith.
That is relevant to and understood by 21st century Australians.

Also in Rotary and Bunnings

Do more marketing

Baptist Church doing well because of its development on “community”.

Kids being positioned at school – high school.
Teaching upper secondary.

Baptist study – McGrindle

52 % open of Christianity, like to see in a different way.
- Supportive community.
53 % see Jesus as important.

Parishes do not support

Baptisms – expect kids to meet God in their life rather from simply have ideas about him.
Splitting services is effective
- 1 traditional
- Modern/family oriented
Our Christian Community (Church) should demonstrate the Christian values and message
Needs to be seen as welcoming and supportive of the local community.

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1P - ASC Report: How do we bear witness to the heart and mind of God
and how can church schools flourish and influence
in a secular community?

INITIATOR: Sherril Molloy RECORDER: Robert Nettleton

PARTICIPANTS: 34 + one baby


• Identity and engagement

• Flourish through striving to be excellent
• Identity as faith community that is a school, rather than a school with Christian values
• Values — honesty, respect, inclusivity, service, be good practicing Christians, caring for others,
Justice, faith
o Reinforcing through repetition. Living the values through every subject and activity.
o Work as a partnership with parents to reinforce these values
o Finding the articulation behind these values that lead and link to the Gospel
• Do all parents know we are Anglican? How can we better educate about our ethics?
• Assist with educating parents where the knowledge isn’t there (cyber security)
• Schools becoming one-stop shop through the community and meaning being provided within
Anglican schools
• Transitional void. Created by the engagement and support provided to students through their
time, and a void being created when they leave.
• Schools are part of the mission of the church.
• The principal, chair and chaplain are intrinsic in achieving this. Having the courage and
conviction to express their faith, and their connection with the church.
• The chaplain should be part of the executive leadership team at schools
• Having the support of all staff (to the chaplain) to enable these important conversations within
each classroom, not just at chapel. This also goes for Religious Education.
• Holding or having the confidence to express their Anglican beliefs which then enables other staff
members to also have the confidence to continue the conversation with students.
• Courage to be unashamedly Anglican. To drive Anglican school identity.
• How can we promote faith beyond wellbeing?
• The relationship between our schools and the local is very important. Our schools actively
engage with them and the activities undertaken by the school.
• We are engaging schools and winning hearts for Christ, but the transition from the environment
within the school and to the local parish is a bridge too far. Our parishes may not feel fulfilling or
engaging to our younger generation.
o Where are we lacking that see young people leave for other faith alternatives and hope
that they return when they are older?

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o The feeling of belonging for young people with people ‘like them’
• It’s not just about the schools coming to the church, but also the church coming to the school
• We need to be respectful of each person’s faith journey.

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1R - Recognise climate change and the environment between
the city & the bush

INITIATOR: Diane Massurit RECORDER: Bronwyn Pagram



“God is in control” – if in control of creation and universe, how can humans affect it?
Forever –climate heating and cooling and extinctions
Rural properties – 47%of our land cannot be touched. We need to be able to manage it – the
Aboriginals did!
And then the city — flatten everything – build lots of air-conditioned buildings
Interested in overcoming the city-bush divide and dealing with this together
The system is integrated – muck up one bit and the rest if affected – there is human impact
How do we educate people on bush and city realities and impacts?
Some parishes are rural but not ‘country’. Use plastic non recyclables – attitude of it all goes to the
dump anyway.
Qld Murray-Darling Ctte – environmental governance – not actually ‘doing’ things (west of
Toowoomba) – how to impart 10 years of environment, knowledge in a city parish.
Education is more than 1 visit to the country! How match local expertise and lived experience of the
Federal election — focus was coal mining not farming — so not only city/rural/country but also the
more distinctive issues.
Money drives a lot of it eg carbon credits — sell bits of land for carbon credits — paid to leave trees
→ not making any real issues
Whole range of environmental issues — carbon credits, policy, water — all sorts of underlying
issues, drought
→ really hard to keep up/across even the ‘fundamentals’
→ time constraints and resource demands need to be taken account of →very difficult for church
Maps have just been ‘re-satellited’ and the state assigned categories for bush management
Discussion on historical climate events, particularly floods and drought — how share stories so as to
educate/inform/build understanding across city/country
City people get info from TV and internet
See farmers (in past) who got land and then flattened the trees – created poor image
Today — some farmers are fined for clearing weeds in ‘protected green spaces’ — by viewing
satellite pictures
Inspectors apply rules without on ground understanding — if not done contextually (weed vs
valuable) — can be punitive.

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In the city – if cut down a tree without permission (or make it die somehow) $98000 fine as a result.
So not just country.
How facilitate the development of ‘commonsense’? Invite uni students to spend time in country
areas to get country experience and the application of commonsense.
Can we form/partner rural/country and city parishes so as to increase dialogue and understanding
— yarning and working together. Listen and look.
St Mark’s (mission) — go to eg St George to help paint the church or fence — dialogue as do the
St George receives visits from St Luke’s who bring people. Meal. Eat. Work.
Mt Mee — share church 3-4 denominations
Building of a new type of relationship between city and country — within church
Alternative power systems — can we collaborate across the diocese? Yes, need to ID parishes with
the knowledge and experience – getting grants etc, purchasing smart.
Also speak to local politicians and work across the community.

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1S - Where do we go with reconciliation after
the Statement from the Heart?

INITIATOR: Bruce Boase & Jo Inkpin RECORDER: Penny Jones

Mark Young (Annerley), Chrissy Ellis, Jo Inkpin, Kate Ross, Vivien Taylor, Loretta Tyler-Moss, Bill
Redman, Geoff Clarke, Peter Jeffrey, Jazz Dow, Leanne, Rod J Kennedy, Reg Dean, David
Browne, Chris Gourlay, Graham Warren, Imelda O’Loughlin, Margaret Wesley, Danni Clark,
Wynona Newby- Clarke, Petrina Gardiner, Julia van der Boss, Suzanne Grimmett, Deb Bird,
Nicholas Whereat.


Read the Statement from the Heart.

Asked if Torres Strait Islanders agree with this? Indicated “yes” as though different culture and
tradition still part of this nation. “Blue Empire” on ABC next Tuesday re Torres Strait island culture.

One of the most remarkable things about the statement is the range of groups from across the
country who agreed and contributed – for the first time since 1967 such coherence.
How do we go forward now with RAP? – Statement from the Heart much more authentic than the
Recognise movement we originally took on.

Education = how so we build momentum of this? Annexation of Torres Straits done under British
rule – Colonization for over 250 years. Church has the power to influence as ambassadors for God.
What is God calling you to do? How build capacity and ministry in wider community. Change lens
and think outside the box – and really listen?

Extinction rebellion v. Adani movement; former established moral authority before action; church
can add our voice to qus of what kind of people we want to be; secure moral authority before action
occurs. Need for new initiative with broad based leadership.

Statement establishes moral authority – do we need eg primates and ecumenical leaders to make a
statement. Christian values of Respect for people and land to be shared by senior leaders.

*Church formal responses – SRC of this diocese has done so; but so far no national response.
NATSIAC did endorse but no strong leadership response.

Need to not underestimate the level of ignorance in the white community – much education needed.
Powerfully spiritual.

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Bundaberg commissioned Aboriginal altar to paint a picture of Good Shepherd – trying to bridge

Deep hurts from past; need to tell truths and take next steps from there. RAP is ours, all of us
responsible. Can we ask elders in our areas to come in and tell stories of local areas: - a core action
of RAP at local level.

Aboriginal elders wait to be invited. Can be frustrating trying to discover the real story?
ABM study of Statement from the Heart excellent – promote this to our parishes more strongly.
There is plenty of written material by Aboriginal anthropologists available.

Govt has set up bi-partisan committee to set up referendum in the next 3 years. But nothing beats
grass roots. Commend Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander media people for the accessible and
“friendly” material now being produced.

Still big gaps in communication – why is it so difficult to embrace the peoples of this land and
waters? How much more can we share but TSIS a minority within a minority – I share from my heart
about my people, but how do you receive it in your heart?

What do you think re the Black Card Training programs? – developed to share cultural awareness.

Cross cultural training has been suggested but not much implemented.

Getting parishes and schools, but need more; eg paper on Aboriginal funerals produced but more
needed. Is there more hope with young ones coming thru?

Needs to start with the children – gaps in ministry; how strengthen this in schools; education key; at
our level, we have responsibility to educate ourselves and bring others on that journey. Start with
the elders who are our law keepers; come back to grassroots; get them in to share their stories.
Our job to find our role in healing between the deep hurt and our ignorance – holding hands and
walking together. Have to live with guilt; and face the cultural clash.

Each dealing with the “I didn’t do it” response. Have to be real and how we won’t win 100% of
Australians – but work with those who want.
• Education our key church responsibility especially ahead of a referendum – need to create
environment where we can re-educate older generations; how create forums for truth-telling;
how can we raise up Aboriginal/TSI leaders in our church – add resources.
• Think of OT Israel invasion of land given big tick by God – how do we understand Scriptures
differently; some scriptural theological work to be done.
• What about the story of the land here at Churchie – acknowledgement of traditional owners
here. We are “grafted” onto the land here – Bruce Pascoe re the need to change our
curriculum to reflect a different relationship to land – need to LISTEN = v important part of
our Christian community.

Praise and worship God in our own language very important – continue to share our own stories eg
Coming of the Light. Learn from Aboriginal and TIS peoples eg Jessie Lloyd, “Mission Songs”
important comedian. NZ Maori Voice – reconciliation in NZ led by Anglican priests instrumental in

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the Treaty; 1992 new constitution in the Anglican church – first Maori bishop in 1928 but no power
till 1978; have come a long way’ guaranteed to hear Maori language or sung in church.

Church needs to take moral voice and use in Australia and ecumenically.
- Can we incorporate Statement from the Heart at our next General Synod as an outcome
of this discussion
- - NATSIAC to endorse further and have seats at Gen Synod
Language and culture is to be embedded in our liturgy; translation is ongoing;
Our diocese here could be move a motion to take to General Synod.

NAIDOC – William Cooper? Influenced by clergyman – encouraged by NZ example; look at what

has been successful there

Problems of there not being one Aboriginal language – so need local languages and more
Archbishop was invited 5 years ago to make treaty with Noonuccal people – regional bishops at the
time came with him and “they would not say “no”” – so there is still a possibility as a way of leading
the State into Treaty. We challenge the State as the church to lead the way in what will be a 50yr +
process through the courts.

Reparation? Kriol Bible has been published.

Is it an adequate gesture?
Each parish ought to have acknowledgement and or welcome.
Kriol used across the north. Torres St have and use Kriol. Also a form of pidgin but use language for

2019 Intl year of World Indig languages. Aust only have about 190 left used to be 300. 120 at risk
of being extinguished. Use local language. Work with local groups to build dictionaries. Project for
Parish my start using local language one word at a time.
Translations been around for some time.

Schools need to work with locals with/for language/come together.

Parishes could use Aboriginal symbols around seasons with permission to illustrate Christmas
Diocesan website to download who, where to get acknowledgements.
Yarning circles/join in/ way into community networks.
AUSIL (Aus Society of for Ind Languages) Conversation goes on/does not end.

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1T - Assurance for Food & Fibre Producers as Land Stewards

INITIATOR: Jennifer Crocker RECORDER: Rick Gummow

PARTICIPANTS: Jane, Jennifer, Ray, Helen, Rick, Ann, Patrick, David, Maurice


• Food and fibre producers can feel misunderstood by the Diocese whose focus can
sometimes be a “green” position that is often unfactual, e.g. cow emissions (2012-2017) data
long since superseded. Beef industry will actually be carbon neutral by 2030.
• Much work is being done by producers to take on world’s best practice in terms of
environmental management
• World can’t be fed on grain protein alone
• Society and suburban spread is actually taking over the best farming land – (the most
productive per acre) – this is the environmental disaster
• No sympathy from the Diocese over farm invasions. These are home invasions.
• Beef producers are audited for bio-security, cattle movement, etc. by Livestock Producers
Australia. Without this regular audit, livestock can’t be sold.
• Stressed cattle produce really inferior meat, so best interests are served by having “happy”
• Farmers’ best interests are served by being very effective stewards of the land.
• The mental health benefits of living in rural & remote areas
• Those charged with farm invasions face a maximum fine of $680
• Legislation is before parliament, can request data on best practice schemes; if anyone in the
supply chain can supply it: they can be fined $6, 800 per paddock – this is a social justice
issue, 10 times more than someone committing an act of violence
• Arbitrary nature of “Trigger” Maps
• When people from more urban centres visit, they are surprised at the high level of
environmental awareness of food producers
• Anglican Church needs to perhaps expand the idea of progressiveness. Food producers
need to be progressive to survive.

What can be done?

• Visit rural areas and visit food producers
• Church groups are always welcomed and encouraged to come. Just come to church in rural
areas & you will bless us.
• Churches need to have up-to-date websites & Facebook sites. Facebook is the go-to
medium for retired travelers in rural & remote areas.
• This requires a partnership, not confrontation
• Books and articles can be reviewed in publications like “Focus” that do not give a relentlessly
negative view of food producers.

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• Encourage immigrants into rural & remote community
• Recognition of the academic qualifications of many farmers & food producers

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1U - How can we instill a sense of doing better and being better in
those who have spent a life on a downward spiral? (A)

INITIATOR: Suzanne Lazarevski Laidley Parish RECORDER: same

David Lupton, Sylvia Heyworth, Suzanne Lazarevski


Maturity. Lack of adults. Possible mental issues.

Fetal alcohol syndrome, maybe activities to create new neural pathways and suggest they eat
blueberries. Not their fault. Need to be diagnosed.
Encourage self analysis. Then visit psychologist for assistance. Bible passage that deals with this.

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1U - How can we be stewards of wildlife and their wellbeing
with God’s help? (B)

INITIATOR: Suzanne Lazarevski RECORDER:

David Lupton, Sylvia Heyworth, Suzanne Lazarevski


Hollow log homes – refer Google (hollow log home nest box)

Vertebrate hollow log dependent for breeding – welcoming place for people and wildlife – book
plans for making one

Appropriate species – bees, plants, butterflies, birds

God gave us dominion over all

pollinately garden land for wildlife scaled-down in …

Food water shelter

Sunny balcony
butterfly splash pond – small and low maintenance
bat box – six different spec – love flower: pseudorehthriem – $25

Create matrix through suburbia – churches could do it

create more butterflies
rural wildlife
Church forests traditional northern Ethiopian our 1000 years ago

As farmers change practices move on

bluegrass Mitchell grass kangaroo grass inspiration eucalypt, woodland, blackboys Endura vine is

Islands of green – serving species – we all should plant native species of plants – grow local
plants, local grasses in church grounds
wildflowers – plant in the local area
no expensive maintenance
native grasses

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native bees, at box

audit of plants in churchyard

Pollinator link – builds a plant ark that will also …

Suburban fringe – plan for wildlife – Google “church forests Ethiopia” – little arks in Ethiopian church

Bible garden – all plants mentioned in the Bible: olives et cetera

Connect with the community land care – know what species are sheltering the pest plants – botanist
– get our botanists to audit our churchyard

Kangaroo grass
native bears

Soils for life page of ASL studies

Birds in the Bible


songs for young men

Prioritise nature

Echidnas, possum

What will last


Tasmania native creatures

Old man's beard

Season of creation

St Francis Day

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1V - How to support and encourage neurodiversity in the church?

INITIATOR: Josie Yarham RECORDER: Greg Milles

Isabel Rohde, Chris Rohde, Michael McDonnell, Robert Paget, Richard Johnson


** What steps in the diocese take to support parishes welcome and encourage neurodiverse
people? **

How do we help the God experience? Lack of room for people, particularly young people with
autism and brain affected conditions: Church life, what is role of parish council? How can faith be
accessible to such people?

Very gifted people – give opportunities

Strokes lead to changes in character at times

How do we accept people as they are?

Great demands on parents/guardians/sponsors

‘Get your child under control’ means not welcome here

How do we ensure people are valued and cared for? Messy church: possibly part answer with: how
do we support you?

Importance of understanding the person and needs – move from judgement

Educated people in Neurodiversity – proper training

People with dementia

How do we care for the carers?

Similarly, diversity amongst ordinary people

The diocese supports parishes to enable each parish to be Neurodiverse in its own needs for its
parishioners? In other words we need help recognising and accommodating Neurodiversity,
well/can you assist us with resources?

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JENSEN 1A - How do we change the presentation of our church to
attract more people, especially the young?

INITIATOR: Brough Warren (Stanthorpe) RECORDER: Prudence Klaer (W’gabba)



The way we are doing things isn't working and we need to change:

– what and how do we change

– how do we change the presentation to be inclusive?
– Why have Anglicans abandon the church?
– nieces have said that church is acquiring

Dalby LB traditional, 10 AM family (children do the readings, sermon for kids) pages 5-12-ish.
parish were all: send out regular invitations

Cathedral service is not for everyone so we need to cater for everyone but doing both can create
‘them and us’

Messy Church: is it treated as beginners church or is it church within itself. Sherwood is very
successful and are (Glenn and Sue Taylor) came to help set it up.

Give Sunday school a funeral if it's not working, because it's a natural cycle. UK, US, et cetera
intergenerational church throughout the week

We seem to be not so good at the family aspect, anything that focuses on young families and
nurturing them is best. We've got to get contact details to connect young families with each other.

There is a culture that needs to be created rather than empty structures. Any culture of competition
sniffed at.

We have to change the way we think.

It was suggested that ‘families’ can be offensive to single people, LGBTQI+

We face the dangers of churches becoming friendly clubs

In Fiji more spaces were open to young people, open invitations were extended to the school
hierarchy by providing spaces for children to attend and explore at well. Promotion and support of

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our own will create ownership. When students go to college they are supported by the church to get
a degree plus a diploma as an Anglican priest.

Secular society is teaching us that God doesn't exist so that's a barrier.

We approach this like a frog waiting for a flyer to land in their mouth: pre-discos being run are
exhausting, then provide an opportunity to plug the school holiday programs and where children's
program T-shirts (St John's Wishart)

We do this to serve others to promote ourselves. (Just where a cross and serve, when a
relationship is formed we can talk about Christ)

Young people need other male role models. It is powerful for an older person to develop a
friendship with a younger person.

We must be outward looking.

Messy church: to then be held in the park next door to the school

Stop saying ‘we have an agenda’ and go help out at someone else's stall because we need to
play the long game. It took 10 holiday programs to move from 10 to 74 kids. Parish ministry is the
test match.

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JENSEN 1J - Can the Diocese respond to the climate emergency
by becoming an energy co-producer?

INITIATOR: Julian Glassock RECORDER: Prudence Klaer (W’gabba)

PARTICIPANTS: John Coleman, Teresa Lloyd, Daniel Aspinall, Robert Sweeney, Ewan Beach,
Max Lambourne


Can collective small, renewable energy producers (parishes) become a large scale renewable
energy producer?

To get to yes
• Cost benefit  Is a group buying scheme
• Use purchasing power
• Marks of mission
• How about cars and other sources of carbon dioxide?
• Collective approach
• All technology available

Yes, but funding

• What’s the best option?
• Group buy for rooftop solar; big organization with lots of space, must be an option

1. Follow up with Peter Catt

1. Buy only green energy
2. Group buying scheme for solar panels and technical advice
3. Sell idea to Diocese; feasibility report
4. Gain (?) General Manager’s attention
5. Data: aggregate consumption (projection?)
aggregate north roof space

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Session Two

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2A - How do we best affirm and support sexually & gender diverse
people in our churches and around the world?

INITIATOR: Julia van den Bos RECORDER: Danni Clark

50 people


- People feeling excluded in the wider church even though welcomed at a local level.
Ref. Lizzy Lowe.
- ‘Open Doors’
o programme for 12-25 year-olds used at New Farm
o raises funds as well as support for younger people.
- importance of safe spaces and true welcome.
- need to recognize that the church has been complicit in affirming violence/negativity/damage
and passing it on and will be held accountable.
- Need to learn where the church goes from here to move forward.
- Need to offer Same Sex Marriage if we are to be truly welcoming and open.
- Church should respond to Israel Foulau issue.
- Advice needed on how to bring older congregations to a different way of thinking; more
- Let God be the judge.
- Being neutral does not work; need to be actively welcoming.
- Frustration at how long it is taking.
- Need to hear stories and educate ourselves to be able to walk authentically with LGBTQ+
- St John’s Cathedral are leading the way and want to learn how that is happening.
- Inclusive language and liturgy needed; need to explore what it means to be human.
- Suicide is a very real impact.
- Let’s not limit God by translation.
- People are literally taking their lives because of the lies and anger and the church needs to
enable people to be honest about sexuality and gender diversity.
- Not welcomed but affirmed and celebrated. The church longs for transformation but is turning
its back on those who push for change. Change always came from the margins.
- Diversity not uniformity.
- Not broken or damaged.
- ‘Vetting’ people by the priest according to LGBTQ+ status is still happening in the Brisbane

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- Clergy need to be open about their confidence in affirming LGBTQ+ to make their church a safe
- ‘Beyond Blue’ recommended.
- Uniting Church growing in numbers of weddings since Same Sex Marriage.
- Church has great power to do good and make a difference in mental health.
- ‘Come as you are, that’s how God wants you’.
- Holy Spirit is feisty and wild and she is looking for hearts and minds to be opened and there is
now a sense of urgency.
- ++++ encouragement at the number in the room present to listen and to learn.
- One parish hosted an afternoon tea and discussion among the congregation after the plebiscite
to discuss how people truly felt about it, history around the issues, own the fear and learn.
- Call for Archbishop to speak more about his standpoint on LGBTQ+; lead from the top down.
- Will be helpful to stop talking about us and them and start talking about WE.
- There is suspicion around Trans (particularly) and LGBTQ+ people and therefore they are not
getting a voice.
- Broaden education of what the Bible actually says about homosexuality and gender diversity,
which is not what people think! And remove barriers. The Bible does not condemn same sex
relationships or gender diversity.
- How do we deal with people leaving the church because that don’t feel the church as a whole
just is not/will not move forwards and support them? Is their hurt not important to us?

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2B - What opportunities are there for our children to hear about God?


Coral Mc Veen, D South, York McFadzean, Gail Fulton, Mark Robinson, Jocelyn Cameron


Lady who saw opportunities for RI in schools, she had a swim club which built to 150 children. (This
showed how many children in community). Utilized other with skills to reach out.

High and primary school Principal who demonstrate needs for chaplaincy and how it impacted
young peoples.

Pressures on Education needs precluded R1.

Principals have “tick off” survey on RE & Chaplains.

Studies in Religion, which is part of old syllabus, is an opportunity.

Floated idea of presenting also this young people to student.

Open spaces at University opportunity -- said if you have a space and say you will be there people
will come.
– Breakfast in schools

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2C - What will a church who has reformed its culture and tradition look
like & how will we get there?


Sixteen participants


Traditional Parish model was village model but need to change to missional model.

Only are we concerned too much about bums on seats??

What about non-church activities e.g. .. retirement house units?

Problem of church leaders being bogged down in compliance.

Widespread changes to relationships in community is a factor.

Question of biblical grace correlating with church attendance.

Should we hold onto all our heritage buildings?

Be clear about that product we are selling.

So social programs lead to more bums on seats or form (?) more Christians?

Need to make more use of social media

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2D - Are young adults difficult to engage in faith?

INITIATOR: Amy Norman RECORDER: Denise Cruickshank



• Need to build trust (especially if they have been hurt – e.g. child abuse in the church)
• Young people attract more young people
• Young people are asking good, core questions → how does the church engage with these
• Advertise what church offers to young people
• Being able to talk to other young people (not just the parish priest giving a sermon) about the
big questions of life → is crucial to engage and keep engaged
• No discipleship by parishes to kids in Anglican schools
• People who work with young adults → find talking one on one, coming alongside them
during their lives → keep sermon minimal
• They need to know someone cares and will listen
• They need to connect with other young adults in the church
• Need to respect people’s need for anonymity (not asked to contribute until they are ready)
• How do you start from “nothing”? – how do you facilitate what young adults are looking for?
• Need a “space” for young adults to feel welcome → need one on one relationship with
parishioners (of any age) that they can ask questions of
• Identifying a need that young person has → how to meet that need → might mean moving to
a different church / denomination
• Make the time and make a priority to engage with the demographic you want to attract
• “Young people” are the present church NOT the future church
• Culture of “welcome” through entire congregation → young mums in toddlers’ group → bring
• Need to change → culture

How we present the gospel

• Invite parish priests into schools and engage with young people and find out what they want
from church
• Whole lifespan discipleship → what does that look like in practice → how does it shape our
services → age appropriate times / intergenerational things → all doing same topics in
different services

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• What are we willing to give up and what are we not willing to give up → how does that shape
our services
• Young adults least attached to their current faith view and most open to change their view →
• We need to go to the young people → get core group of young people from Anglican
Schools and ask what we need to do!
• Need more connection between local faith communities and the “schools”.

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2E - How could we think creatively about chaplaincy in the Diocese?

INITIATOR: Samuel Dow RECORDER: Loretta Tyler-Moss

Loretta Tyler-Moss, Lilian Grey, Barbara Briggs, Stephen Briggs, Sue Dunne, Duncan Unwin, Paul
Sime, David Murray.


Role of Ordination in Chaplaincy

“Real Ministry happens in Parishes” – how to respond
Anglican Schools asking for teacher who is ordained (two jobs for one)
Typical Chaplaincy roles are diverse – including:
- Hospital
- School
- Business
- Police
- Defence
- Prison
- Airport
- Parliament
- Seafarers

Chaplain as Pastoral Role? Focus of chaplaincy – less geographically focused.

• Chaplaincy intersects Laity and Clergy in a unique way.

• Model of being ordained ministry evolves – how does it more reflect chaplaincy.
• Chaplaincy will be point where role of church changes most leaving suburban ministry
• Later life entry ordained ministry will reflect increase in chaplaincy
• Chaplaincy is a vehicle to connect with people where they are building relationships and
creating vehicle to parish.

Note: chaplains = the terms chaplain and pastoral carer are being used interchangeably here.
People trained to deliver pastoral care and chaplaincy care to people

• Chaplaincy as “visiting sick people” is a way to change parish where chaplains are trained
up in the parish and reaching into the community as parish representative.
• Chaplaincy offers first glimpse to community member of God going to them where they are.
• Chaplaincy = outreach into community.
• Chaplaincy is the mechanism into outreach.

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• Community chaplain – role into the community and be there.
• Can we separate the term chaplaincy from ordination and see it as community interaction.
• Chaplaincy as crisis intervention’ how are chaplains supported? – Anger, grief, loss.
Encourage chaplains to access Flourish
• Chaplaincy key is relationship development
• Chaplaincy is a ministry in itself. Doesn’t have to be location based.
• Chaplains deal with good life experiences as well as bad life experiences therefore
chaplaincy is a way to develop a variety of relationships and therefore links.
• Chaplains vs Diaconate. is there a difference. what would that be?
● Chaplains/Diaconate/Priest – loving, caring, meeting people. This conversation sees a
distinct interaction and mutuality between these roles.

Key points from the discussion

● Better question is: “How do we enable more creative chaplaincy in the Diocese”.
Seekers days information emails didn’t go to Hospital/police/Defence/school chaplains yet
they meet and know people to put forward.
Chaplains feel excluded by reference to “your parish ministry” which reinforces the idea that
only parish ministry counts whereas:.
o Defence)
o Hospital)
o School) is “the Parish”
o Prison)
o Mission to seafarers)

● possible financial solution to funding chaplaincy and other ministries would be Hubs of
parishes, hubs of pastoral carers paid by the parish
● Chaplaincy is a vital part of what we do as a church – it is Jesus model
● Way of unifying all chaplains through a central body especially to allow them to mutually
support each other including at an annual chaplaincy conference

● Chaplaincy is ecumenical by nature therefore the hub may be ecumenical.

Any new model of chaplaincy needs to avoid being exclusive so that it doesn’t exclude people who
are already “chaplaining” in their living/work place.

Chaplaincy as Mission Field

Chaplains = spiritual support =relationships therefore outcomes.

Better promotion of chaplaincy activity.
Mission to Seafarers Hosp, prison, all not ordained but trained up.
5% of ministry is sacramental, 95% walking with and listening to.

Police chaplains – paid) an example of an industry valuing chaplaincy and not only inviting
chaplains into their workplace but paying to make it happen

Chaplaincy can be part of the healing of the church/community relationship.

DV – church refugees) => victims of crime) -

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Chaplains have the chance to reengage with people as pastoral carers to help restore their
experience of God

Church didn’t do DV and divorce well historically and sex abuse but now church addressing these
and therefore place for chaplains/pastoral carers to meet these people and work through healing
with them.

Organisations recognise value of chaplains and are heading to funding it and therefore we are close
to losing access to it. We have the chance to be the managers of this space or to lose access to this
space to paid employees not necessarily linked to churches.

To make chaplaincy seen as important needs to recognise its role as the link between community
and parish church. Story telling of our encounters with chaplains and the role of chaplain in our
entrée to church.

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2F - Thy Kingdom Come … calling power to account

INITIATOR: Robert Standish-White RECORDER: Robert Standish-White

Robert Standish-White, Geoff Newton, Chris Bovey, Bronwyn Pagram, Julian Glassock, Jackie
Fewtrell, Margaret Harrington


Concerns with centralisation of power, lack of accountability. Some slippery slopes to criticism –
who to love as ourselves? Are Christians more important than sojourners? Who construes and
accepts power? The invisible power holders…

How to influence authority?

No problem with church in politics – look at Jesus! So how?

Democracy, though messy, gives all a voice.

The huge concentration of wealth therefore power hidden from most. Secret influence, dark parts of
the system. Media less regulatory than before
Speak truth to power – how smart e.g.: when transgender spoke at school or his social media
storms ensued! How well church finds a voice?

Justice – what does church believe? Is this different from (maybe Conservative) parishioners? I'm
confused; they need to stand up and say this.

How to bring congregations with you?

Maybe say, “in 2019 the church is called to… Enviro/gender/whatever?”

Expand the demographic? Point out when lies are being told? Are we following leading trends?

Refugee response as a model? Grouping stronger than alone? (Australian religious response to
climate change also)

(unknown word) role – to safeguard the infrastructure of discussion/disagreement?

John Rawls political theories. Non-judgmental views.

Effective influences need to engage with ideas and plan a response – how to build and this. How to
gain consensus from varied positions? – Workout guidelines around all (unknown word) of mission?
Parishes would differ, maybe to let them run with it. Empower particular parishes and schools to see

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things, speak up. Schools are leading in gender diversity. Engagement with support. (Bishop of
Grafton on hate speech) so how do we disagree and still uphold each other's rights and dignity?
Back at the gospel. Jesus spoke truth to power – there are consequences! How did Peter counts
action engage people? Integrity. Support of refugee task force and ACSQ. Part of this is reading
public mood/opinion. Sometimes the spirit moves in the wider community to challenge the church.

What are we to do? Look at whole narrative. Do no (minimal) harm to others and environment. We
could all run with that.

Look after “more “or ”individuals” ? hard position for the Archbishop

Other options? Power in force crises, fear of schism – possibly some “let it happen” …But rather
work on goodwill and understanding

Why do some questions keep coming up and Synod? Either feel not being heard or don't like the
answers. How to come to compromise

Need some strategic alliances, e.g. on climate change consult indigenous people

Relevance: we need to be seen as relevant to modern life or die

Should church asked questions relative to other questions? Explain your position

Very few inalienable rights. This is freedom of religion! Or stand up for people to speak their views?
E.g. problem with defamation. We have signed but not ratified The International Covenant on Civil
and Political Rights (ICCPR).

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2G - What does a Christian community look like for a struggling parish
to give hope for our survival?


From struggling regional and suburban parishes


Current parish model not sustainable

Funding model broken
Separate financial situation — income does not meet basic expenses
* Growth in parish came from a new rector visiting each family
Would our community miss us if we closed down?
How do we respond to changing paradigm?
Op shop and drop in center feeds into funds
Need constant person at the helm
What do parishioners want?
Volunteering replace by business model
What resources do we have to share the gospel?
Need to energise all our people to be ministers of the gospel
Growth is about us growing our faith and sharing our faith
Once a month services that are different
Messy Church, Parish and Worship —— interacting more — how do we disciple those people?
Allowing clergy to be pastoral not administrators
20s and 30s options generation — church is one option out of many
—No commitment

Give young people project and bookend it
Need to look beyond rules and current model
Hard to be missional when struggling financially but necessary to be missional → community meal
being used in one parish with time for a …
The Bible project to use for missional/outreach
People in regional parishes/areas need to know that they are supported in their struggles (having
the coast support the bush)
One solution — investments that support these parishes so they can get on with ministry —
* centrally funded model
This generation — option to give by card
Mining/gas companies → could we offer our minister to do some pastoral work — maybe they would
then offer some financial assistance

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Recommend youtube video by Caesar Kalinowski — intergeneration — how do you build

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2H - What can PMC do to support Parish Health? (being intentional
about it)

- PMC Report - How can PMC support parish health and growth?
- I believe God is calling us to be "intentional" in working towards being a healthy revitalised church -
vision - setting mission goals and focus? (combined topics)

INITIATOR: Stephen Harrison & Tania Eichler RECORDER: Janet Dyke


Discussion Highlights:

• Goal setting – keep goals small, focused (one or two), and manageable.
• Do parishes know what PMC does and what services are offered, i.e.:
o Brochure/flyer publication
o Website launch: for resources, events and loads of useful
stuff (under Healthy Churches tab, look for mission planning resources – Kelly
Houston is Parish Liaison Officer or Belinda Macarthur (PMC)
• How can Diocese help Parishes to see what they look like from outside? What’s missing etc:
o Check the website resources, includes other parishes doing things we can tap into;
• What we do will be different in different places, some things won’t fit everyone. We each look
through our own lens;
• Is Parish Council focused on Mission & Growth or on general business of parish life;
• How can we be proactive under the Holy Spirit’s guidance to motor forward;
• Part of Mission planning is knowing what to drop (yes, drop!) to start new ministries;
• Resource Churches – PMC has 2 people for 140 parishes. A number of larger/healthy
parishes to encourage/resource parishes around them. Big churches are not the only model
but this is one way to support grassroots, hands on, ministries;
• The specialists will work IN parishes, NOT in Diocesan HQ;
• Maybe even ½ time in parish, ½ time as resource person (this would allow wider spread, but
full-time person also person funded by PMC for 2 years – priming the pump, after which it
will be reviewed to see effectiveness;
• 5 areas of Parish growth/health to be built up:
o Vision/mission/strategy
o Faith formation/discipleship
o Lay leadership
o Community engagement/evangelism
• PMC role to direct parishes to where they can find help OR is it rich get richer / poor get
• BUT how do parishes self-identify as needing help and when identified, what can PMC
actually DO?

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• Parishes also have responsibility to identify what needs work and to begin to get on with it.
Challenge upwards, but also act locally – two pronged approach – maybe what we `invent’
can help others;
• Our `gift’ to wider church is part of the work of our mission of sharing
• Parish Dashboard gives help on where to focus Parish Council attention;
• Every parish is rather like a business and we know our communities. Therefore, act on your
local knowledge and work with it to begin networking with PMC/other parishes;
• OR is this a cornerstone model in a shopping center culture BUT we are a franchise of a
multinational corporation?
• We need people who are prepared to innovate and work together across parish boundaries;
• We need to be brave and step out in faith to try new things;
• Resource church started up in London Diocese, but now more intentional (big churches
replanting where small places died)
• We’re not doing it the same way they are or have been;
• How would lay driven change be viewed by Episcopate?
o Mindset of small congregations is to `hold on’
o Would be great to have parishes saying to try something new/working together
• If parishes started to work together, could free resources to do more together, i.e. instead of
two priests doing the same thing, one to get intentionally into mission/community links/CYF
• Diocese/PMC needs to intervene to identify problem BUT also needs local asking;
• How do we identify problems;
• Bishops/ED PMC might see problem, but how can they engage them;
o Parish need to own the problems before they can be fixed
• People in the local situation know (in their hearts) how to work on it;
• Parish Dashboard stats useful. Also useful to know crunched data for Diocese. Report is on
Synod website. Need to view it through a healthy lens not a negative one. Parish Councils
need to talk about the document.
• The Stories of Hope were useful and there’s a space for parish stories on PMC website.
Parishes can submit photos/stories etc. This is a change of tack. Make ripples in the pond.
Start with SOMETHING, but just START!
• Some parishes may still need the hand of help stretched out
o Area Deaneries are helpful (also lay conferences helpful);
o Archdeaconry
o Brings things together to offer assistance locally.

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2J - How can we facilitate children’s faith formation & participation?




• Barriers -> older congregations, few workers

• Leave at adolescence
• Problems with programs if teens don’t come regularly
• Discussion group may be helpful
• John Roberto – put it online
• Messy Church – learning but not clear. Problem – can’t talk with children. Learning
outcomes for individual child not always clear
• Children participating in services in church
• Youth led service; themes generated by youth
• Give children homework – actions to songs to teach congregation
• Dramatic readings
• Children’s sermon – activities at the back
• Effects of children in the church on people with hearing impairments?
• Partnering with children’s parents

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2K - To ‘be’ rather than to ‘do’

INITIATOR: Chris Gourlay RECORDER: Petrina Gardiner

Jenni – Bundaberg West
Allan Gallimore
Susan – Green Hills
Jeni Nix – Milton
Lee Gould
Heather Dearden
Charmain Dyer
Helen Marsden
+ 16 others


• Is being different to doing? Easy to get caught up with doing. As Christians do we spend
enough time being as Christians? False dichotomy?
• Contemplative strain important part within worship at Milton
• Lot of time maintaining buildings – ‘doing’ – not what here for. What is our mission? a lot of
our mission statements less about doing, more about being Christians being part of
communities with distinct Christian flavor.
• Anglicans as Introverts. Hard to share who we are and what we do.
• Extroverted Christians and ‘Bible-bashing’ vs quiet evangelism through modeling behavior.
- building bridges with people
- cannot force people to God
- acceptance that not perfect
• Doing comes from being in communion with God, but often we do first. Sense of order
• Find out what God is doing and then join in
- requires contemplation, silence, prayer
- can be hard to do silence. Doing is easier than being. ‘Doing the being’ is harder.
• Life experience: worn out by doing. Then cancer. Drawn to Franciscans. Now live life
through ‘being’. Service drown out from that.
• Power of asking people to pray for you. Being and doing together.
• Challenges of parish needs – roles to be filled – burnout – promotion of doing

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• Quiet mornings – counter cultural, but can be very successful – word spreads -> growth out
of experience
• contemplative way leads to gentle way of doing
• Jesus example of prayer time in early morning by self
• Yearning – yoga and Buddhist practices that focus on breathing and quiet, etc
• Yoga in the cathedral
- connection of mind, body, spirit
- popular
• Yoga as a form of prayer
- prayer not about talking, but listening
- doing flows out of being, otherwise the doing is meaningless
• What works for you – no ‘right’ way , eg coffee and prayer together
• Morning and Evening prayer are great, but better with other people; can be hard to make the
services. Others also help keep momentum up.
• How to discipline the mind to keep daily worries at bay, (eg drought, daily activities)?
- putting aside busy-ness
- sermons about relationship with God and others and love -> the ‘being’ side -> change
reception of congregation openness to being with God
- expectation of meeting with God. Learn to listen. Discover passion and purpose through
• Need clergy to be more deeply spiritual
• Take messiness with you.
• Celtic spirituality – placing worries into the hand of Christ. -> visual stories placed on poster
• World Community of Christian Meditation
- Benedictine founder
- Desert Fathers revisited
- recommend use of mantra: Maranatha (Come, Lord)
- have many resources
• If mind wanders, acknowledge, accept, re-centre mind
• Centering prayer, another method
- Mantra as a way of coming back to God when wander
• Do we bring contemplation into other spheres, eg parish council
• How can we incorporate contemplation more in our clergy model? Everything else flows from
union with God. Recently ordained but not there very much, not emphasized. Clergy
burnout. Not paid to pray.
• Monasteries, people by being are doing.
• Formation process very busy. Things keep getting put in there. Can’t do it all.
• Even those naturally contemplative still hard work, but all called to it, for we are all called to
be with God.
• Importance of group meditation. Can’t be a Christian by yourself. Everyone as a gift.
• What we expect of our priests – life of doing pushes away life of being. Problem of doing as
what is measured. Importance of being as a way of looking after self, in order to look after

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others. Prayer strengthens quality of time later spent in service. Problem of so many
demands. Always a problem. ‘Something written in diary. So something is on.’ Scheduling
time off. Scheduling 5th Sunday off . Morning prayer instead.
• Winnie the Pooh quote: very busy doing nothing.
• Eg stewards of Cathedral. Not fully participating in service. Importance of having weeks off.
• Is there a place for formal contemplative lifestyles (eg monastic communities) today?
- yes, attractive still
- yes, discipline within own life, eg 20 minutes at start of day that leads to enfolding with
God. Changes the doing that needs to be done. Intentionally a discipline to do which
leads to contemplative lifestyle.
• Example of nun that lives contemplative life, but able to speak to people. Aura about her.
Like a walking, living peace. Profound effect on people around her. The power of prayer.
• Prayer as a mission, vocation
• Still some limited role for monastic
- contemplative orders doing better than others
- only need a few recruits
- can visit monasteries and receive gifts of their ministry
• Monastic communities began as people came to look at them
- wilderness inside the world
- labyrinth as a way of exploring inner world
• There is a happy medium between the busy doing and the monastic example of Third Order
• Calmness and stillness would be wonderful to have all the time. Real life intrudes. Even
though we can’t have it all the time, God is still there with peace.
• Need to call our parishioners to value our priests for their being as well as their doing.

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2L - Ideas to grow the church (A)

INITIATOR: Kay Turner (Caloundra/Glasshouse) RECORDER: John Turner

Tony Levick (Coorparoo)
Joanne Rose (Carindale)
Kay Rhodes
Gail Abbott (Carindale)
Helen Irwin (Springfield)
Kim Vellnagel (Goodna)
Barry Miller (Crow’s Nest)
Penny Leimester
Diane Payton (Alexandra Hills)
Narelle Blunt
High Luckhurst-Smith (Hendra/Clayfield)
Lewis von Stieglitz (Warwick)


Messy Church — ideas/resources available

Mainly Music — another used programme
Involve more mothers from Busy Bees in organisation
Craft days — invite others to join
Sewing lessons — knitting etc maintains relationships between different generations
Dinners — use pews as seats — change seating for different courses
Fellowship teas with a general light Anglican message
Plays/music etc done by children
Does diocese have a Messy Church team? (advisory team)
Lessons to men on cooking (nutritional/cheap ingredients)
Select audience by selecting time (practical cooking lessons) eg 5pm can use for dinner/all eat
• BBQ Sunday afternoon
Baptisms —
• include teddy bear picnic/face painting/stories
• perhaps at beach
Invite Busy Bees mothers to various groups already in operation
Prayer groups
Grandparents — give them examples of what kids can do at chapter
Musical chairs — mobility for church services
One older person and younger person doing morning tea etc

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Get young people to show/talk interests to older people
Invite people to Christian community (not use church)

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2L - Ideas to grow the church (Breakaway group) (B)

INITIATOR: Peter Palmer RECORDER: Peter Palmer



2 problems – no one knows us

-- no young people
-- how do we change service styles?
-- musicians
-- pews vs chairs

Book reading
Mainly Music
Chill church – 10:30
Newer music including hymns
Dramatic Bible readings
Tea/coffee on the Terrace
Are we ambassadors for our church?
Are we praying for our connections?
Is God relevant in my life?
People will talk about Jesus but Church sucks
We need to be passionate
Talking about faith leads to church
Tagged bottles of water to give away at events
Train/equip our priests to be evangelists

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2M - Sudanese immigrants to Australia have so many challenges. What
can the church do best to support their congregations?

INITIATOR: Rev. David Deng RECORDER: James Adol

Rev. David Deng- St. Lawrence’s Caboolture, James Adol- St. James’ Toowoomba Patrick S.
Wallas – Head Master: All Saints Anglican School, Suzanne Lazarevski – Laidley Anglican Church.
Rev’d Louise Orpe- Rosewood Parish.


1. Most Australians do not know the Sudanese life experiences and that needs some sort of
awareness to be created. That can help to strengthen our relationship as one people in Christ.

2. All Sudanese have experienced war trauma and most of them are experienced Post traumatic
stress disorder and those people needs to be helped

3. Sudanese congregations need churches they can call their spaces, not shared churches where
they are sometimes constraint by times to carried out activities they care about.

4. Children are on the streets, parents have no control over them and the law enforcement is not
able to tame. We call upon the church to help us come up with some strategies to solve that

5. The church needs to identify young people who can be trained as future Sudanese
congregation’s leaders as well as the universal church.

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2N - Incentivise priests to regional areas?

INITIATOR: Jann Bishop RECORDER: R. Sandilands



OPEN DAY for priests and students

Develop relationships between minister and local community.
Need to financially compensate priests to go rural.
- Placements
Could St Francis offer a rural based course?
Problems with sharing –parishes
Part-time pay, full time ministry.
Community support) INCENTIVE PACKAGE –
- Possible
Requirements of Ordinands to go to a regional parish?

Clergy - EXTRA support for regional priests

- Free High school for Kids

6 weeks paid, prior to move there?

Advertising interstate.

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2Q - Authority of the Bible

INITIATOR: Pamela McHardy RECORDER: Pamela McHardy

Richard Johnston, Angela Sled, Paul Mitchell, Richard Martin, Sue Buchanan, Frances Andrew,
Anne Braithwaite, Denis Freeman Grant Sparks, Martin Hawkins Ruth Sparks, Pam Mathews,
Chris Rhode, Jonathan Holland, Daniel Sitaram, Olaf Anderson


• What do we pray
• Word of God = text Hebrew Aramatic then translation original text not change Need to be
faithful to original
• No original bible – early translations – no original document – how are understand the Bible
• Discussion about early translations
• Can we say the Bible is the truth?
• Lord’s Prayer – the changes interpreted by love – should it happen
• Gift of authority – scriptures as framework
• What churches teaches – looking back and prophetic for Bible
• Does the Bible contain all truth – HS guides up or can it move.
• Interpretation = ie local congregation – church some mistakes
• Some things matter more than others
• We all come with filters = what do we place our work of God
• People come from different interpretation
• Errors can be corrected
• Can be confident of Greek text
• KJ Bible – not access to older text
• Slavery was an accepted practice but changed
• Why different for homosexuality
• Control theme of Bible:-
• Bible’s transformative effect on us. Faith in our heart – change us. Transformation process
• Anglicans make decision – look at what is needed
• Reasonable common sense
• Bible – humanity struggle will last until blessing is given by Jesus and God
• Remain faithful to God until end. Job
• Belief – Christ died for me – come a Christian – control theme.

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• Repeated themes – more authority – at 2 references – to make it true.
• Article 39
• Scripture tested by authority of Scriptures.
• Bible –
• Bible is about giving people a knowledge of God and has work and future. We need to have
the Bible so that others can come to know God.
• God is not servant to Bible.
• Bible is the guide.

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2R - How can the church promote freedom of religion and freedom of
expression whilst modelling Christ-like inclusiveness and tolerance?

How can the church promote freedom of religion and freedom of expression whilst modelling Christ-
like inclusiveness and tolerance? Freedom of religious expression. Calling sinners to repent.
Speaking God's word to His world.

INITIATOR: Vaishi Raja and Kay Pitman RECORDER:

Dave Allen, Vaishi Raja, Kay Pitman, Warren Young, Darren Nicolls, Dorothy Prasser, Kay
Lauchland, Judy Bennett, Ewan Beach, , David Aspinall, Bill Colbrahams plus others present.


- Modern suppression of unpopular views

- Anti-Christian sentiment growing

To be put in a caring context

- Media seek out things to gain a reaction
- Messaging not the theology
- Jesus community/belonging (loss of communication)
- Speaking in love
- Concern re forces determining to present views
Murray Harvey careful to be polite

- Issue of changes to law to prevent religious organisations imposing contractual clauses

requiring action consistent with faith.

1 Cor 5 Understanding of truth I am the Way

- Challenge the culture to what is true


- Any time to point people to Jesus by leaders

- Money pressure in the Folau case seems to be from Qantas.

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2U - What is Anglicare Southern Queensland’s part in God’s Mission?

INITIATOR: Bishop Cameron Venables RECORDER: Rev Ray Clifton



The conversation was opened with the sharing of information about Anglicare and some of the
changes, challenges and highlights from 2018. These are summarised below:

• The Community Services Commission (CSC): Dr Kim Forrester is now the Chair of CSC
after the resignation of Mrs Cathy Grant who had three very successful years as the Chair.
Cathy’s significant contribution was acknowledged. The resignation Mr Rob Freeman, Mr
Alex McNab and Mrs Kate Hillman were also acknowledged. We welcomed Mrs Kim Rayner
and Professor Karen Healy as new members of CSC.

• The Royal Commissions into Aged Care and Disability were discussed and the requirement
to have strong governance for vulnerable people was re iterated.

• Further information was shared about our building program, children and family services.
The changes we are making in our disability service offering, including reducing services in
the south east corner of QLD and our ongoing commitment to specialised services and
continuing services in geographic areas where there are limited providers such as Roma and
Kilcoy were discussed.

Homelessness in Queensland: This area developed into deeper conversation as many participant
are experiencing an increased visibility of people sleeping rough around churches and in their
communities. The discussion included a deeper understanding of the lack of funding and the
different areas of support that are available. A proposal about increasing the support for Youth to
prevent them from becoming entrenched in homelessness was discussed. The group were highly
engaged in this discussion.

Anglicare Ambassador Program: This program was discussed and several participants identified
as current Anglicare Ambassadors in their parish. Ideas were explored to further develop this
program and to look for more opportunities for Anglicare and Parishes to work together to meet
needs of people within the local community.

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2W - How can we be more evangelistic in our outreach
to our secular society?

INITIATOR: Margaret Thornton RECORDER: Jennifer Crocker

Margaret Thornton
Julie James
Jennifer Crocker
Rosemary Hogan
Jeremy Freyburg
David Hampson


People have different concepts of evangelism and what evangelistic means.

The group shared theirs and came to a consensus of we mean by ‘evangelistic’ before discussing
this question, i.e. ‘How can we effectively share the word of God (good news of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ) with those who are not interested’.

Recognised that Anglican lay people need to be going out in the community able and willing to
share their faith in unthreatening ways. In order to do this we need to be more skilled and practiced
in conversing with people; in looking for openings in their conversations where questions could be
asked that would lead the other into a readiness to talk about Christian faith however strange it may
be to them.

Ideas for getting out there – perhaps in twos or threes and mixing with people.
Parish Visiting
Informal meet ups in coffee shops, clubs, youth centres, malls, etc.
Café church
Run disco’s for youth in their locations
Do a survey asking questions such as:
What do you expect of the church in today’s society?
What do you think the church stands for?
What do you think of Jesus Christ and is He relevant today?
People are not attending church as they once did; what are we doing wrong?

Need to get permission of proprietors of venues such as clubs or pubs if a survey is to be done, and
the lay people going out there need training in how to promote non-threatening conversation that
could lead anywhere. Ask them open questions, learn what they think and then they may be more
willing to hear what you think. If someone asks a direct question, such as what Christian faith is, or
what the church is really for, the lay people need to be ready and able to respond with their own

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testimony or witness or able to answer the question in a way that does not bring the conversation to
an end. We need to strengthen people in the pews so they are equipped to share more freely in a
loving way. Training would include practice in conversing and a kind of internship with a more
experienced person. If someone says they want to talk again, arrange to meet for a coffee” Less
threatening than inviting to church first up.

We need to cross cultural bridges and used language that others will understand, no jargon.

We need to be ready to converse whenever and wherever opportunity presents itself. Recognising
the openings and enabling people to open up about what they really think and believe is half the
battle in allowing conversation to flow towards what Christian faith and belief is about.

Useful learning tool :

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2Y - Cathedral Chapter: Generous hospitality and a place of

INITIATOR: Peter Catt RECORDER: Deborah Bird

Peter Catt
Deborah Bird
Graham Warren


Req to delve and support but explore genuine engagement and community. Iconic presence is an
opportunity to explore relationship beyond our people: “Cathedral on wheels”

As a Cathedral of whole diocese how does the hospitality of the cathedral connect to evangelical
parishes and assist each in finding a place in unity?

A range of preachers and programs such as debates the preacher/mystics and god-botherers
emerge from those with a passion to speak and expressions the desires of Cathedral community.
Who are the mystics/god-botherers out of the breath of our tradition that would further extend range
of source and be an invitation to evangelical tradition?

30,000 people a year come in as tourists. Who do you allow a tourist to become Pilgrim? Labyrinth
and engagement to all. Can St John's be part of a Pilgrim Trail as part of aboriginal pilgrim trail from
Indooroopilly and/or partnership with city churches. Also opportunity for parishes to do a Sunday
afternoon pilgrimage to Cathedral, stay on for Evensong with parish priest preaching

Cathedral as a (unknown word). Function of Cathedral as place of gathering, authority and life
beyond its physicality. Place ritual, actual life, truth telling, rites of passage, a place this access to
authority, place of launching new pathways – affirmation of new ideas, sharing how to do ideas,
symbol of participation to be such a presence means the one speaks not speak is to make a
statement. the responsibility to discover there are still unspoken sense of exclusion by you
indigenous Australians. Who is missing still from an already diverse community?

Cathedral has a responsibility to orchestrate the telling of “our story”—who are we in this place?
Which is well reflected also in social media: an image and a thought from the Cathedral space

How does Cathedral respond to AB’s charge to generous hospitality? Who feel they cannot come

Response to Rainbow Flag was to signal a message of welcome and acceptance that others heard.
How do the doors stay open to create a safe space that is hospitable? There is also a need to

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address/respond to those whose presence may make it unsafe. Symbols of welcome extend
culturally and ecumenical. Roman Catholic statements can be a barrier but the message is all who
seek God’s love and blessing are welcome.

Acknowledgment of country another important action that builds recognition and relationship
gradually introduced across dimensions such as liturgy, public events, in physical space becomes
less contentious over time and part of culture of the place and community.

Move from pews to chairs another gradual …

Demographic of surrounding community under 35’s more difficult to reach but higher engagement in
justice conversations.
Impact on finance with lower / fluctuating incomes / not carrying cash.

Meditation as a safe entry point to church showing most growth. How do we invite people in to use
our churches as quiet space in our neighborhoods? Open churches are less likely to be vandalized
because it becomes known that people come and go.

How to respond to requests for assistance - $, petrol, food, accommodation.

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JENSEN 2D - Caring for, empowering and equipping single people
in our Churches

INITIATOR: David Brown RECORDER: Ian Russell

David Browne, Ian Russell, Judith John, Michelle Philp, Brenda Davis, Bruce


Readings; Jesus the single man compared to church ideal of married couple and family – yet we
worship a single saviour.
(Pauls attitudes to singles/couples singleness as eschatological state)

- Myth of single people having lots of free time

- Sharing of our journeys – most of us present are actually singles in the church or widowed or
- Going “singly” to church when your partner and children doesn’t.
- Very few churches have any programs aimed to single people of any type
- Loneliness – ministry opportunities but remember – not all singles are lonely

Action – email regarding principles for churches.

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Session Three

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3A - Procedures for major projects

INITIATOR: John Turner RECORDER: Kay Turner



Length of time from getting quotes to being able to get the job done.
Prices can be revised by the time we get the go-ahead.

Parish looking at doing “X”
Diocese send up someone to look at the project and ask for approval.
Is there a way to streamline?
Taking at least 6 months for approval and contractors not always available often this time.
Need 1 person in diocese in charge of each project who can follow through for faster progress.


- Need a 1 month turn around for projects

- Need a revision of procedures/approval system for smaller scale projects (to $40,000?)
(Presently 11 steps)
o Indexed to CPI, Qld Road and bridge construction index

We are a business, can these projects be approved by a lower level in the Diocese


1. Plans
2. Council approvals – Building Certifier
3. To Archdeacon for approval
4. Build

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3B – Maintaining our Catholic beliefs in a post-truth world?

How do we maintain the purity and integrity of Catholic beliefs and traditions in Anglicanism, in a
post-truth world?




No notes were taken for this session.

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3D - Growth opportunities for Hospice in the Diocese

INITIATOR: Greg Windsor RECORDER: Graham Young



- Parish had space land and envisioned the use of it as a hospice modelled on core activity.
….. Hospices of around 6 – 8 beds.
- $2m to buy and $2m to operate
- Funding 50/50 60/40 Private/Gov.
- Cost 50 % of hospital bed for the dying
- S Gone 50-60 % now up to 80 %
- Co-locate with hospitals
- Have Anglicare running the hospice
- Hospices tend to engage – Mission and Evangelism
- People must open to the religious @ end of life.
- Support one hospice between a number of parishes.
- What about multi-parish model in rural & regional areas?
- Would it be denominational? No
- Multi-use respite as well as hospice
- Aged care facilities only theoretically have ability to do palliative care.
- Hospice more staff/nurses aged care & higher quals no ways more expensive than AC.
- Preference to die in own home. Those who do not often poorer on issues with isolation.
- Time taken in dying now less because of change in focus of palliative care
- Opportunity of Hospice is high. Geographically fixed and most likely to the … away from
- Palliative care offered via cruise ship
- Could the Anglican Church establish a cruise ship palliative care service?
- Hummingbird House only 2nd in Australia and could do more of them.
- If opposed to VE then responsibility to have an alternative.
- Could school boarding houses be used during holidays?
- Use schools and volunteer students for respite care.

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3E - Why do parishes not use Cursillo? What can we do? How can
Cursillo equip parishes & to empower people?

INITIATOR: Iain Moore RECORDER: Iain Moore

PARTICIPANTS: 13 people, only one clergy.


Explaining Cursillo

People talking about spiritual place flat (doing the job)

Those who had done Cursillo shared the impact of Cursillo

• lead them to study
• Changed the church community

Spiritual life of church

• fear of life (not faith based)
• Secondary to economics
• Not wanting to change
• Traditions first
• Church is boring rote

What Cursillo can give to personal and parish life

• excited laity
• Meaningful faith

Personal faith journeys

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3F - How do we publicly make everyone feel welcome
at the Anglican table?

INITIATOR: Nadine Dwyer RECORDER: Suzanne Walker



• In Parishes where there are long established relationships, it is often hard to “break-in” and
feel welcome.
• We need to actually invite people – the invitation needs to be personal.
• Anglican Schools Commission wants to make schoolchildren feel welcome at the Anglican
• We need to be inclusive; we need to be articulate that we are inclusive.
• “Invitation” and “Acceptance” are very important, and then we need to be consistent in
following up with our actions.
• Acceptance of a variety of family types now that there are so many different family types.
• Ensuring that children have a sense of belonging.
• Formal training of “welcomers” so that they have the tools to ensure people feel welcome.
• It only takes one person to destroy the good work of the “welcomers”. We need to be
• Make sure that if children are “noisy” that the parents are assured it is ok.
• Recognise that we all have our gifts and sometimes talking to others is not one of our gifts,
do not pigeonhole people into roles they are not suited too.
• Are we known as a “welcoming faith”
• In the light of the Israel Folau comments, Christians have been portrayed in a particular light
and we have not necessarily been good at refuting.
• A story was shared about an OpShop where everyone is welcomed with a cup of tea or
coffee and a biscuit and a chat – OpShop runs 2 days per week and pays ½ of the Priest’s
salary. It was agreed that this was mainly a result of being welcoming.
• Morning teas where people are welcomed for a chat.
• Church running programmes where other views are discussed openly e.g. atheism, other
• We should take a wider view where different Parishes offer different expressions of
Anglicanism allows a broader platform for people to choose from.
• Priests encouraging people to take the sacraments is very important.

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• Schools need to also demonstrate openness and welcoming by encouraging all children to
participate in church/chapel services.
• We need to make our websites look welcoming. Good websites often contain a “what you
can expect” section.
• Make it easy to access the church where is the door? What happens when you get inside:
• Funerals are a wonderful opportunity to praise the deceased Christian faith. Also make the
relatives feel welcome and special.
• Play the “end game” and want with what we have to build something better e.g. if children
are coming to church, welcome them and the adults may well follow.
• Do not overwhelm people with your welcome – book called “God’s Belongers” by David
• Capitalise on things like “BCC Open Day” that brings people into the building.
• Believe that nothing can stop God.
• Think laterally about how morning teas are structured, where they are located and how we
• Consider inviting people to our homes for a cuppa or a simple meal.
• Consider a BBQ for new Parishioners a few times each year.
• People come to church for a range of reasons but they stay because of community.

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3G - How can we best resource the mission of the Church
(including FDSC report)?

INITIATOR: Sandra Long RECORDER: Hiro Kawamata



• Many parishes are not generating enough money to fund the clergy and contribute to the
• Not enough giving in the congregation - we need to look more broadly and raise funds in the
• Competing charities - why would anyone want to give it to the church (particularly in the context
of child abuse)
• The message of Christ hasn’t been more pertinent than now
• [Discussion on asset sales]
• Selling off properties is not desirable unless they’re not being used or have no alternative use
• Funds generated from the sale of assets or enterprise (e.g. aged care, school) could be used to
set up a central funds from which various things/ministries can be funded e.g. rural ministry.
• We need to be mindful of the impact of closures/amalgamation of churches
• Financial solutions cannot be used to release us from solving the real problem

[Discussion on the parish model/management]

• Discussed the importance of having the capacity to manage parish finances well. Bookkeeper v
treasurer roles
• Parishes should be prepared for the long term in property management. Establish a sinking fund
• Sharing resources between churches
• “Resources” can mean many things
- Training
- Money
- Property
- People
- Lay leadership
• The laity is more “permanent” than the clergy so it needs to play an important role
• Some parishes are growing

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- Each parish is different. The model of a successful parish can’t necessarily be
transposed onto another parish.
• Growing/successful parishes have characteristics such as
- Clear vision
- Lay leadership
- Youth/children’s ministry
- Engagement of the broader community
- Willingness to change
- Discipleship
• Many parishes are doing what they’ve always done - staying small is a liability
• In our church we prepare the clergy to work in congregations of up to 100 people where they
play the pastoral care role. To manage a parish of 220 plus, the priest should be leading a
team of lay leaders who can grow the parish
• Church presence is important but it needs to be managed in different contexts e.g. if there
are multiple churches within close proximity, there may be opportunities for amalgamation

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3H - Live and practice our faith in the public square.

INITIATOR: Sue Grimmett RECORDER: Bronwyn Pagram

PARTICIPANTS: Jack Wright, Jennie Wright, Ingrid Busk, Deb Bird, Debbie Kemish, Gillian
Moses, Carmen Kliendienst, Richard Mason, Peter Catt, Chris Gourlay, Gail Symons, Julie Lewis,
Beverley Jane, Coral McVeau, Heather Deardon, Kim Vellnagel + lots more.


Messages: the ‘Good News’ is great.

(Church Communication) – generally awful.
Mixed messages – different “sides” of the church – some more vocal/strident.
Loss of moral authority – Royal Commission on Sexual Abuse.
What is going on outside the church that we should get involved in?
Michael Jensen gets to go on “The Drum” as a representative of “All Christians”
- concern that this is seen as the total view
- counter narrative of love, accept that science and faith can co-exist and co-practice in a positive
Who can we get onto the ABC/The Drum to espouse love, inclusion?
What do we do? Living life, influencing others e.g. Anglican Schools, wide cross-section of Australia.
Need to show diversity of Christian views. Every day, aim to ensure students can engage with faith
and the Bible. Great conversations.

RN (Radio National?) Religion and Ethics Report.

The Drum – they had Rod Bower on.

Q&A – Tiffany Sparks -> Christians Like Us.

Clergy need to be visible – wear your collar when out in the public space! Especially in shopping
centres – many really positive conversations.

One person looked into the word ‘homosexual’ in the Bible – only used in translation from
~1940s(?). Yet people are being told that they will ‘go to hell’. So this person is exploring what the
Bible and the Church really say.

Frustration that public pronouncements from some parts of the church and that does not align with
my understanding and beliefs. So not aligned to the overall message of the Bible.

Hospital chaplains exposed to mental health patients – non-judgmental towards them – how does
God lead in?

How to engage differently with community? In new housing estates.

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Education (both adults and children) re what ‘the faith’ really is.

Church has responsibility to engage in important issues – feel unequal playing field – despair
sometimes at size of task.
Introverted priest – better one-on-one – how to get message out by talking to individuals/ mothers
groups/RSL – build relationships first.

New priest arrived – “church without walls” e.g. local café, private house – people come and talk,
eat together.

Very involved in the church, also in Zonta, which is not allowed to show religious affiliation, yet in
Zonta as a way to live out Christian faith. Can say ‘grace’ before a meal, but not ‘Christian’ – but still
living out faith (and being).

Gospel message of love and liberation – often not heard as louder voices of exclusion and othering
prevail. How ‘be’ and take that into what I do in the public square and thus.

How is the church relevant in the public space – do a lot but often unseen – there’s a lot more to us
than Sunday services.

Be before do – but communicate faith most effectively by what we do, eg. By supporting LGBTIQ
kids or attending stop Adani meetings – engage the people in front of us every day. OK – but
negative media means we get challenged…yes but that is a great opportunity to explain the gospel
and how that influences what we do. When people learn I’m a Christian – I need to tell them ‘not the
looney kind’ – the loving kind. OK to hold science and faith. Have confidence to speak.

Not ‘comfortable’ to be in public square, but important to speak to the great hunger for spirituality out
there – incredibly important – and to transfer culture – planet. Know how to celebrate
connectedness, lament, pray, listen, be transformed. Have to justify existence.

Don’t have to stop ‘believing in science’ to be a person of faith. As get profile, can access
opportunities to engage, eg. Speak publically. Don’t ‘argue’ with the other side. Be content to
engage/educate rather than debate. How to do this better?

Appropriation of the Christian faith by ‘the loud’. Do we need better media, communication etc? how
also be and do the Christian and contemplative life? Many are disinterested – until they want, eg. A
funeral or a ‘naming ceremony’ (baptism) etc.

Not everyone is called to be a spokesperson. Do notice that the loud voices are very loud – but not
representative. Need to live deep, authentic, genuine lives for the love of Christ – minister to those
put in front of us.

Social media – need to teach/encourage people to do critical analysis and discernment.

Perhaps church has a role here – do not have all the answers – who are the loud voices – are they
all Christians or others?

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Issue is where XYZ says ‘this is what the church says, eg. “The Christian Lobby” is well resourced
and loud but they are not “The” Christian Lobby – they are “A” Christian Lobby. Similarly “Australian
Christian Churches”.

The amazing, loving Christian message not out there.

Media overwhelming focus on divisive issues and negative things – positioned as public view.

Interested to explore ‘the public square’ vs the personal sphere of influence. Driving ‘Uber’ was
amazing opportunity to have conversations.

RI – great opportunity to reach not just students but also teachers. People do engage – ask for
Bibles etc.

Community – high fences, closed doors – hard to engage neighbours. Door-knocking seen as
intrusive on personal space and on precious personal time (given such busy lives).

CBDs have public spaces – how to use this?

Facebook is a public square – an awesome place to connect.

How to offer service to the community to engage in the big issues of life – not to impose ‘beliefs’ but
to make personal connections, eg. Community connections page on Facebook to create personal
relationships, eg. ‘check in’ at local church on a Sunday so people know you are there.

Where kids play on the road – met neighbor – interfaith conversations – but need to allow self to be

Miscommunication of ideas – many people cannot handle ambiguity – so Israel Folau view seen as
‘the view of the church’ – compromises views of the church and ability to contribute wisdom to the

When can voice be in the public space?

What does ‘liberal’ Christian mean? Loving the planet, gays, Christians – being by doing – acts of
kindness – ‘why did you do that’ ‘The good Lord led me to you’ – opening.

Local parish example – support a youth LGBTIQ group – socialize, fundraise etc. they know the
church loves rainbow people – even when parts of the church make divisive statements.

Need to wear Christian identity as a badge.

National identity unclear. What is “un-Australian” (J Howard) – choreographing narrative. National

discourse about who we are that defines how we treat people – relate to the big issues. Who are
we? What’s our national identity? The church is not speaking into these questions. Leaving it to
white supremacists, racists etc. Too timid! 12 men set the world on fire – 300 years later the empire
took it on. “Look at these Christians, how they love on another”.

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Don’t like to speak up and immediately be shouted down – “don’t be political”. The gospel is political
therefore that’s OK – it’s how we share agency – who gets heard. Crucial to be political.

Photo on front of Synod notes – Cathedral-centric – why not have rural/country.

We should spend more time on external/community issues not just internal.

Not enough Christian voices in issues of the day, eg. On climate change its almost silent.

Fear of engaging without a view – but why not at least engage, eg. Climate change. By not saying
anything you are complicit in the ‘old position’ or historic. Doing/saying nothing is a political position.

Suffer from professionalization – societal structure parceling out eg. Counselling, compassion
(pastoral care) etc.

Ask “what do you think of St Peters”? – listening to answers and then acting in public space – see
how God uses it.

Community engagement (social, open forums, elder services etc) does not necessarily lead to
worship engagement.

SRC facilitated conversation years ago on coal seam gas – first time community had heard each
other’s’ views.

Plurality of connection voices – have a say even if not consensus.

Extend invitation to hold spaces.

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3K - How to make the Parish Church more relevant to the community


Arthur Kunde, Glenys Willocks, Sylvia Free, Irene May, Peter McMurtrie, Cheryl Cumming, Laurel
Raymond, Helen Marsden, Lewis von Stieglitz, Maurice Marsden


• Trapped into church being on a Sunday

• Changes – fear factor…culture and tradition makes us hold onto tradition
• Prepared to be tenacious – prepared for the fallout. Baby steps
• Other nationalities – welcome other nationalities
• Shared functions – share culture – share food
• Re-approach – revisit uses by other nationalities/Christian denominations of church – invite!
Use to build socialisation – created fellowship
• Hospitality should be a focus – country baking
• Be flexible about rigidity of service style
• Social media – be visible – email a parish newsletter and have people to update
• Older parishioners – like ‘hard copy’ media – mail out/hand out
• Younger people/young – utilising St Francis students to assist with particular
events/occasions to build youth base
• Encouraging experience/integration into rural parishes by people information
• Should we be integrating more with entities such as Bush Church Aid?
• Use at city youth groups to extend to Rural Parishes

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3L - Being Prophetic – Speak Boldly

INITIATOR: Nicholas Whereat RECORDER: R Standish-White

Alan Postle, Margaret Wesley, Geoff Clarke, Maria McIvor, Linda Wallis, Richard Johnson, Bill
Colbrahams, Stephen Scott, Rebecca Crocket, Daniel Sitaram, Vivien Taylor, Annette Barnes, R
Standish-White, Chrissy Ellis, Margaret Harrington, Gayle Tuckwood, Helen Button, Jeff Eustace,
Lorraine West, Ian Russell, Louise Orpe


• Anger and hurt and silence at refugee treatment (also environment but economic justice)
• Why is the church not speaking out on justice issues
• Also mental illness
• Jesus calls for disciples to be real disciples!
• Is it because media won’t pick up church opinion?
• There are refugee problems within our own community, minimal support
• But there are significant conservative opinions too, therefore it is not helpful for clergy to be
overtly political
• Media tend to look for “the spokesperson” option before any time for debate or reflection
• WH&S issues with homeless people. Empty unused accommodation
• Losing credibility?
• Historic sexual abuse has taken a lot of the “wind out of our sails” and great loss of
community goodwill
• Was this why we didn’t speak out, re. Nauru?
• More proactive media office?
• St John’s most appreciative of Archbishop’s/Church support on gender. Empowering and
supportive, within Anglican traditions
• Regarding pillars of Anglicanism: allow reason and question. Regional differences can be a
• What about all the other areas? Refugees, indigenous people etc?
• Careful of divisive railroading; work from good governance – yes but deal with internal first to
present a united front
• Don’t be so afraid of being divisive; we are not being heard at all, we need to be heard.
Carefully and pastorally crafted, but put it out and start the conversation

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• People only have so much time and energy. So many issues to support. We need time to be
Anglican Church Southern Queensland perhaps structure we have is best, with Dean as the
lead, with other special interests who can speak without representing all?
• Increase media resources to such groups to allow varied Anglican view, not Archbishop
giving the Anglican view…Anglicans in the country feel deserted (Alan Postle). At least
provide words in support. We want you to stand with us
• How to encourage the next generation of prophetic voices? More engagement with politics,
country, other. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices?
• (voice from Fiji) mostly action on arch-deaconry level, then pushed up the ladder. Know the
• We represent a lot of votes; if we were all “on song” it could be powerful. Maybe put out
agenda pre-election?
• The difference between politics and justice, difficult divide
• Dialogue between bible and newspaper
• Concern at social dimension of the gospel; individual piety is good but not enough
• Schools (Anglican +) are being exposed to these issues; it is right and just to do so, “Living
the gospels”. Young people do speak out – that gives hope
• Schools probably doing more work than parishes? More cross pollination needed
• The huge gap of after school to “real life”
• So how can these conversations result in better communications to the wider community?
Other group? Existing groups to post online and we can “like” etc; how to get more tech
• More tech support?
• Beware divisiveness of Facebook; things aren’t all black and white. Should our actions
speak louder than words?
• Some structures are propped up by saying nothing
• Encourage some to go into politics or big business
• Interview for St John’s – expectation to lead. Autonomous, set our directions. Every decision
can be contentious, but stick to justice model. How does this work in parishes?
• The Archbishop has a standing way above a parish priest. Local government actions don’t
have wider effect
• Do parishes fear losing income providing parishioners? Schools too? It comes back to us
being disciples
• There are many interpretations of the bible; we view through Anglican lens
• Is there a Diocesan social affairs committee? Stand up to inappropriate output? Link on
website? Chair  Peter Catt. Still newish

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3M - Can we continue together? What models of union would
be an acceptable compromise to all who have strong views on
marriage equality?

INITIATOR: Peter Judge-Mears & Grant Sparks RECORDER: Mary Conche

Mary Conche, Beryl Nielsen, Marjorie Charrington, Andrew Schmidt, Jan Jones, Earl Marken, Leigh
Buchanan, Martin Hawkins, Steve Wockner, Sarah Gover, Colleen McArthur, Des Hunt, Ruth
Sparks, Katrina Dale, Peter Buttery, Charmaine Dyer, Jeff Balnaves, John Roundhill, Pat Schwatz,
Jo Inkpin, Donna Normoyle, Ann Ellis, Kay Hart, Chris Rohde, Isobel Rohde, P McHardy,


1. Difficulties in the Anglican Communion re current beliefs can we remain together with
diverse views. In particular marriage debate. Is there a way back or can we lovingly
separate. All seeking a positive loving outcome. Seeking unity in diversity for some.
2. Brief explanation of NZ separation. Explained the pain that the separation caused.
3. Discussion of what we can give for inclusion. E.g. would not look for priest to have to bless
same sex marriage if not looking for this. This model includes parish view as well.
4. Friendship blessings instead of marriage? Other option no trouble?? Same sex marriage but
not matrimony.
5. Compromise conversation - - - > lose lose -- - > can be win win. Needs to get to place of
6. Appears church focuses on sex sin rather than other compromise makes a poor umbrella or
a strong roof. Can be unequal power at play? LGBTQI has power. Should integrate. View
LGBTI is that they are enlarging and growing the church
7. Bible teaching discussed - -- > going against how to reconcile?
8. Anglican Church Australia “Most polarised in the world”. Evangelical view cannot bless what
God calls sin. Difference between sodomy and homosexuality.
9. Difference between Church breaking and people leaving “liberty of conscience”
10. Agreed we have listened to each other
11. Compassion important as Jesus had / has
12. Concerned if we abandon scripture we become a social club

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3N - How might we reverse the long-term decline in Church Marriage;
and again encourage all people to consider celebrating
their marriage in our church

INITIATOR: Gary Harch RECORDER: Vaishi Raja

Gary Harch, Vaishi Raja, Karen Llewellyn, Pradeep Mani Cleam, Pat Hanly, David Hale


• Church marriages continue to decline with 1/3 parishes with no weddings, 1/3 do 1-5
weddings and only 10 parishes 10 or more. 75% weddings in Australia are outside
• Questions about weddings officiated by Anglican clergy outside a church building – it can be
- People may not know that it can be done outside a church building
• Why people choose to marry in a church?
- Connection to parish
- Family request/tradition
- “pretty” building/traditional building/aisle (photographs)
- the local church docent
• Why people don’t choose to marry in church?
- Choose not to marry at all
- Ability to write own vows
- No connection with church/no reason to marry in church
- If live together can’t get married in church
- Need to go through process/indoctrination/course
- Church’s view on marriage (heterosexual) offend. Friends/family “preach” to them
- Couples with multi-faith background
- Clergy refusing to marry divorcees
• Right of clergy to refuse to marry a couple – no reason needed
• Issue of refusal after marriage preparation course if date set/expenses incurred. Alternatively
if (say) won’t agree to marry a couple or even identify date till complete marriage preparation
won’t get people coming
• Clergy have different approaches to “marriage preparation”
• Very few parish clergy do weddings, baptism and funerals (experience for curates in doing
• Rate of return of people who get married coming back for baptisms

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• Church’s concept of marriage and promoting that
• Do we want to promote marriage in a church as a sacrament/blessing or as distinct from a
venue for hire? (or a bit of both)
• Discussion about illegal for Anglican clergy to officiate same sex marriage, as do not
recognise same sex marriage
• Possibility of a Bishop with same sex marriage in this diocese, and others making court
application to prevent.

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3O - How can we support Clergy Wellbeing?

INITIATOR: Cathy Grant RECORDER: David Sneesby



Managing volunteers is difficult (compared to paid staff)

Increase in pressure all through society
Increasing complexity of role of clergy
Lay people help/run the administration side of business
Increasing workload, from homelessness
Geographical challenges
Health challenges
No evidence of support follow up/pastoral care from Regional Bishops
Inability to find replacement clergy is a pressure
Isolation of role – being available 24/7 even if part-time stipend

Clergy have difficulty asking for help, vocation is to help people. How can I help people if I need
• Follow up Flourish help line  need face to face visit
• Need to have real life experience to help, confidential help, independent help
• Clergy discussions (across Catholics, Uniting, Presbyterian)
• National Clergy Appreciation Sunday/week
• Respect days off
• Supported in prayer  spiritual supervision
• Some not aware of bullying policy
• Increasing physical abuse to clergy in certain areas
• Hard to take weekends away with spouse  parish needs vocation

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3P - Identifying and training nurturing leaders for thriving community

INITIATOR: Adam Low RECORDER: Hope Nakagawa

28 people


• Asking them to serve - an invitation

- LA
- Children’s ministry
- Leadership
- License to LA
- Opportunity to serve
- Internships - working ministry in a small way

• Define leadership - St Barts -responsibility for a team

- There needs to be an opportunity to serve

• Network model
- Identify what needs leaders
- Equip and ask others to equip 5 becomes 10 etc
- Has limitations

• Needs clear vision, identify “gaps”, engage and equip, employ, foreseeing future problems
and purposely prepare, train etc 3-5 years

• Open and clear conversation about investment into training, curates, youth and families
minister, music
- There is an expense, resource issue (?)
- Not just financial, it takes a parishes to get one ordained
- Finding each other’s strengths and weaknesses and helping, cultivating support,
• Ordaining 7-8 people a year. Need to be ordaining 10-12
• Not a lot of parishes can afford curates
- Vocational vision in school?
- High school interns
• Growing leadership requires patience but needs to be invested in now
• We need churches willing to subscribe into a journey
- Succession planning

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- Current system fails us
- Should we be looking at schools or just identify Christians interested in exploring
• How proactive are win praying for leaders to be raised up
• don’t underestimate how early you want to be fostering relationships for leaders
- Robina looks any ICIDS PREP - PRE PREP
- Consider succession planning
• Anglicans need to shift culture
- When young people model leadership older people believe they can too
- Young people stick around when they believe they are serving a vision
• Are we doing enough to support the future ordained?
- How does a young family follow a calling if they have to forgo income for 3 years?
- Could training leaders benefit from small business training?
• Need focus on conflict resolution, leadership
• Theological training needs emphasis on business management, practical stuff rather than
only theological knowledge
- entrepreneurial
- management - leadership
- discernment in who can take this step marry theology & leadership
- capture the vision, Unity - run with it for leadership growth
• Ineffective leaders aren’t focused growth. Equipping and helping - to won’t happen
• Let’s not limit to future clergy - lots of leadership roles in church outside of clergy - as much
as there is a deficit in ordinands there is a deficit in specialists
• Build a culture of leaders and lay people in church life. Clerical leaders invest in lay leaders
who invest in everyone
• If we are baptised we are in ministry - clergy responsible for instilling this in lay people
• The shape of worship needs to be considered when training leaders
- Curate thing again
• You need to know what you’re leading as well as why
• The kingdom of God is bigger than our church, parishes need to be able to let go

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3Q - Faith seeks understanding - the MEC report - and how do we
encourage vocations?

INITIATOR: Jonathan Holland RECORDER: Fiona Hammond

PARTICIPANTS: Patrick Duckworth, Janet Dyke, Fiona Hammond

(15 – 18 people present)


4 key questions:
1. How do we better encourage vocations?
2. How do we better engage with the 18-25 age group?
3. How do we better prepare ordinands for parish ministry?
4. How do we better educate theologically the people of god in Southern Queensland?

In order to encourage people to consider vocation to the ordained ministry, we need a pool of
(young) people.

There are many people who feel a vocational call earlier who were then actively encouraged by the
diocese to get life experience.
- Have people lost the impetus to offer for ordination during the time of “growth”?
- How do we re engage those?
- Now I have life, what do I do with the sense of vocation?
Suggestion: Examining chaplain should be following up these people who were encouraged to wait.
Perhaps we should follow up these individuals over time.

We could learn from talking to people who have made the way back to ordination and ask how did
they maintain their sense of calling, and what helped to keep them in the zone?

Eg; in the past, one person experienced that their bishop interviewing candidates for confirmation,
would identify potentially interested individuals (at the age of 12), and follow up annually, “badger
with intent”.

18-25’s: we always feel there’s a crisis at different age levels. If we target this age group, then, will
we just shift the problem? Is there an approach that is more open to whatever age group?

Can we generate an experience that works at any age?

Currently, there can be a lot of confusion – how do we partner with people on a spiritual
journey…lets explore that together, give meaningful feedback along the way, and become partners.

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If you ordain at the age of 25, there’s a working life that goes over decades. Later in life is
problematic, and the financial outlay is prohibitive.

What do we do about support financially for students?

Tax relief fund is available to support students with a living allowance. We have a tax-deductible
ordination fund. SFC needs to promote that fund. People need to know that its possible to put
money into it so that students can access it.

Consider that we could diversify the model of ministry that people are being ordained into.
Some sense their vocation in the church…we can be proactive in promoting a flexible model of
ministry. We can have a chaplaincy approach…where ever the person is, they minister as a

The Deaconate is a specific ministry.


You’re more likely to find a vocation to school ministry in the teaching fraternity, most chaplains
have been teachers.

Some people don’t get ongoing encouragement from a local priest, some identify the calling and the
current process takes them out of their local parish and then enter a formal process.
How do we make the selection of people for ministry a parish process?

Recognise and promote the role of parishes in the encouragement and formation of individuals.
Are we looking for a basic set of attributes? Or watching for emerging people?

The community can acknowledge the gifts in a person. What are we looking for? What can we try to
recognise? Is the basic desire to serve the body of the church, the basic thing we look for… what is
the “end point” type of ministry

What are the foundational aspects?

Faithfulness to a community is important.

Relationships are key
Following what’s going on in the church could mean a desire to go further.

Children can be recognised and encouraged from early on, then developed and given the potential
and space to learn. Be the one to listen and learn. Commitment to learn, show teachability.

Can we encourage/skill people to make observations and aha moments overt?

Maybe we don’t give ourselves a chance to see leadership as something bigger – someone may be
“on roster” and taking on roles/jobs etc…perhaps we can broaden the idea of what is leadership –
recognise their contribution.

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Experience of current formation student: another person they knew put their hand up for ordination
and it inspired her to consider it. But it wasn’t the done thing to put yourself forward.

We need the opportunity to have a conversation…rather than the self-deprivation that might prevent
someone put themselves forward.

Growth is necessary. Elongated processes are not always a bad thing.

Process – (after years) “I was shocked to feel called again”. Conversations encouraged her to
continue the process… was an early vocation, late response… But at every stage, conversations
with others were encouraging.

Another experience: Anglican family, grown up in the Anglican church. The calling didn’t start to
happen until the move to this diocese…felt this could be a place where I was comfortable to be
involved. Response to the sense of calling was a self-directed process.

What is important? The more flexible approach to ordination/formation doesn’t always fit well for
those who have had careers, may be still working. While a semi-monastic model of old provided
(and might still provide were it possible) benefits for learning and building collegiality, it may just not
be practical in this age. We live in a diff world, we need to adapt and be flexible. One stencil won’t fit
every person.
We need to deliberately listen to and be informed by each person.

We could highlight the needs/strengths/gifts/experiences of each person into their approach to

postulancy and formation and eventually ordination. individual process for each person.
Stumbling block: the idea that there is ONLY parish ministry.

Opportunity to be in community is important – for a people profession. Stops isolation later, as it

creates a community.

Builds expectation that you’ll seek fellowship with your peers, an important part of growing.
Schools role- important time that is formative. Is it used by chaplains.
There are different stories toward ordination, chaplaincy and other ministry.

The process of asking the questions – asking how do I feel about this world, how does this world
feel about me?

How does coming from a non-Anglican background impact? It is doable, becoming more frequent.
There’s a bigness about the theology at St Francis…felt like a good fit.

Ordained vocations: theological education for the whole people of God…we are all called to be
Christ’s followers

Who can we bring this into parishes and schools?

Our hope for the college is to reflect the love of jesus, become better disciples, better equipped
Experience of one student: not going toward ordination, but fell in love with theology. That term
Ministry Education Commission – change or totally own the name!

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Critical point…look at education systems...primary, sec, tertiary vocational…we use terms that are
scary for some people…we need to make sure that we communicate the potential – recognise that
we come from different spaces, and that our own education needs to be recognised…remember the
zone of proximal development. Sometimes we limit vocational fulfilment because of we ask too

Experience of another student: one person had a theology degree, but had to do an extra 10
subjects. Could have done a masters in that time.
We need to market Lay Education work to fill the need for other alternative avenues of faith
To go and do adult education, had to do a cert 4…already had an education degree. It impacts the
uptake of the degree…and appears unreasonable. It is unreasonable when you consider that
academically, a graduate is able to think, critique and evaluate with a particular level of skill. To then
have to go back to square one is puzzling. Why would you not recognise that a person has
achieved to a particular level, and then allow them to go on to deeper study, thought and analysis.
Sure there has to be exposure to and use of material for understanding the faith/tradition etc, but is
yet another bachelor’s degree the best way to make the most of a person’s experience. Consider
offering a grad dip, masters, etc with auditing other subjects. The financial burden of a “return to
square one” bachelor’s degree is huge and may well turn people away.

How else would we deliver it?

SFC short Course: what matters about Jesus.
We need knowledge, but we need to take that further. We need the skills to evangelise. Short
course is needed to hone skills in evangelism. We need to grow the people in the pews.
Clergy: looking for capacity to study at a tertiary requirement, skill set: communication, listening,
conflict resolution skills, imagination and creativity. You cannot wait for the work to come to you, you
need to instigate the work.
Auditing may be the answer.

Let’s look at flexible ways for people to maximise their prior experience/academic study…
Tailor a programme to a particular need may allow us to attract more over 25’s into ministry.
Teaching: can do a dip ed with limited time, using prior subject areas. Mentor identifies areas that
you need to work on and then you study those.

CSU, source of frustration for students. Our lecturers have no choice for setting the assignments.
Thoroughly recommend the experience of SFC, but CSU is different. If we want own vocation and
education, we need to stand on our own feet and offer an education package from our diocese.
Keep the diversity within the unity and equip people to work within the difference and appreciate
and value the richness.

Need to promote the things we offer.

What we’ve seen from the college in the last couple of years has been really productive and
welcoming, accepting of difference and affirming. We have a great environment and product to offer
and it would be great to be able to do that with our own licence…not tied to and diluted by CSU.

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3T - How can same sex couples be married in the church?

INITIATOR: Paul Mitchell (Gail Frankcom not present) RECORDER: Russell Manfield

Russell Manfield, Aline Stinton, York McFadzean, Ceri Wynne, Paul Mitchell, Jeffery Rogers,
Steven Schwarzrock, Amy Norman, Alison Reid, Barry Miller, Kay Rhodes, Joe Samson, Mark
Carlyon, Cathy Laufer, Stephen Hilditch, Lee Gauld


• Discussions were opened outlining the Anglican Canon relating to only being authorised to
marry a man and a woman. Also outlined a process (potential) where a couple marry
(legally) outside the church then are blessed (canonically) within the church
• Appraised some of the scriptural reinforcements against same-sex tolerance. Recognised
that the foundational issue remains acceptance of a variety of sexualities which need to be
addressed before approaching same sex marriage
• Some sharing of a range of personal approaches by both clergy and lay to same-sex
couples and the recognition or blessing of their union
• Also diocesan approaches of different dioceses around Australia in terms of tabling motions
at 2020 General Synod
• It was stated by some that the lack of opportunity for same sex couples to marry within the
church causes ongoing considerable hurt to these couples, their friends and families, the
church communities, the place and reputation of the church within the community. There are
many young people who see the Anglican Church as irrelevant, outdated and lacking in
compassion because we do not allow same sex couples to marry. An immediate result is
that they choose not to be part of us.
• This forum is far better suited to this issue – more contributions than occurred at same-sex
blessing motion tabled last year. Recognise the variety of voices on this issue – certainly
cannot characterise this group as all on the same page!
• A really respectful and purposeful discussion in this group

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3U – Time to debate moving forward from our difference




Three people attended included me, this is a good start. Is it the time to debate on moving on from
our differences? Is it the time for people like me to come forward? Is this a good time to move
forward with all the different cultures and that the diocese to try make things happen combined, and
set the right foundation now, one step at the time. As in these steps:
1. What to do and what not to do, is to start with five people who have got the vision from each
different group or culture. These groups the faithful ones, fearing God right people in the
right place working together for the new church which will emerge in future. The meeting
needs to start now, and the review must be done after 2 years. To see the progress, then
again after 3 years this will ensure us whether we are heading in the right direction. This all
together will give us a clear picture of where we are heading in 5 years. The point is to start
now. Set plan a for 10 years to come then review the whole thing.
2. As one of wardens from my parish pointed out the need to be united by starting to say things
which will reinforce unity such as, instead saying English congregation and Sudanese
congregation we need to say 8 am service and 11 am service. This simple statement will
unify us and set the foundation right and bring us together.
3. Through unity the different group will learn and merge, if someone stepped on another
person’s feet, they would tell you that it is painful. Therefore, the need for open trust, with
thrill monitoring with respect. This will allow a healthy environment to emerge and a solid
foundation will build up. The fear from the others going to take over will slowly by slowly
disappear and we will look after each other in better or worse.
4. Partnership module needs to be looked at and improved, those who are qualified and know
both cultures need to be impowered. This is not only for other cultures but also for the owner
of the land.
5. There is need to have events that brings the different cultures together, such as unified
services as vigil prayer, combined services, open English and Arabic classes. Which will
attract everyone all together. Social event’s, music concerts, picnics at the park to make
people interact, adopt and get along. Younger people are always quick to adapt and learn so
there is a need to open trust to allow the youth to take ride in leadership with intensive
monitoring. This will empower the next future Church to come for at least 50 to 100 years to
come. Furthermore, to help the youth there needs to be a faithful mature adult from their
background to make this mission possible with God’s help. Amen.
The outcome came out from the discussion:
Point1: It is happening from above mentioned. It is not about timing we need not to get caught on
time, for time is in God’s hand. What we need to do is have faith and in God’s timing it will happen.
So, as faithful people we need to trust God in little we have and move on.

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Point2: Adult who are faithful fearing God who are asking to learn more English, it will take time but
with a lot of support and monitoring the foundation will be built up in solid ground with good
Point 3: Youth they always adapt and learn quickly, they asked to learn Arabic. Which will build up
their identity, we encourage people here to keep their language as it is important to know where
they’re from and the same time to build up. Both these opportunities will open chances for possible
for classes both English and Arabic will join both groups and allow healthy ground to grow and get
along with each other. There are two teachers lined up for English from the English congregation.
From little things big things grow.
Point 4: Working with a small group and getting them to learn to grow together and then there can
be the people who can help the others on their journey. Amen.

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JENSEN 3A - Licensing of lay preachers (and role of laity generally)

INITIATOR: Rona Joy Sandilands RECORDER:



• The Church is underutilizing or actively excluding the skills of the lay.

• Deanery Focused Training
• Is there too much emphasis on Theology rather than Pastoral
• Better to have a licenses L.A. Preacher that a bible study
• Different advice from different people – “don’t bother” or “all you need is ….”
• What is the actual minimum – is this reflected in the L.A Handbook
• The use of Reflections during service one participant
• L.A to preach 30 years ago
• Non-stipendiary clergy?
• African bible study during the service
• Need for regular Sunday Services
• Instead of preaching have a discussion
• What level of Education is necessary
• Who/what institution should provide the training
• Enabling and empowering lay members to exercise and use all their gifts and skills
• The licensing of L.A’s to distribute consecrated elements in a worship service
• Nursing Homes
• How do we supply ministry where there is no access to clergy
• If it is important to be trained by St Francis, it needs to be set out in the handbook

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JENSEN 3F - Can the Diocese raise funds for Living Well Men's services
for sexual abuse survivors?

INITIATOR: Julian Glassock RECORDER: Julian Glassock

PARTICIPANTS: J Glassock, Judith John, Sue Cooke


Discussion highlights: Yes the Diocese can and should raise funds for this service. Living Well is a
unique highly regarded counselling service for men who have been sexually abused.

Its founder Dr Gary Foster and another staff member was recently headhunted by the state
government. The remaining staff are nearing retirement age, but feel torn between retiring and
staying to continue the service.

What is needed is a transition plan to allow this unique and much needed service to move into the
next iteration of its life. And to ensure men who depend on it continue to receive the support they

The diocese has the ability to fundraise by:

1. Using its fund-raising know-how

2. Arrange a whole of diocese Sunday collection or an appropriate date
3. Encouraging schools in the diocese to raise funds as a special project for present students

This fundraising will be an important message of solidarity for people harm by diocese institution. It
will be a tangible example of our desire to be reconciled with those harmed. It will show that we are
serious and sincere in our apologies.

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Action Plans

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Action Plan 1: Cross-disciplinary chaplaincy networking
and brainstorming

Convened by: Samuel Dow -

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Josie Yarham
Cathy Grant
Mary-Anne Rulfs
Ceri Wynne
Rod Kennedy
Michelle Philp
David Hale
Michele Knight
Erika Williams
Alan Gallimore
Stephen Briggs
Steph Cotroneo
Morris Rangiwai

Immediate next step(s):

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By when?

Contact above for potential Samuel Dow end of July

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Action Plan 2: Climate Change

Convened by: Diane Massurit -

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Diane Massurit
Pat Hanly
Sylvia Free
Ann Dashwood
Robert Sweeney
Sandra Beck

Immediate next step(s):

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By when?


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Action Plan 3: Is there a way together – continuing the

Convened by: Peter Judge-Mears -

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Vaishi Raja
Chris Tyack
Mary Couche
Margaret Wesley
Julia Van den Bos
Louise Orpe (Rosewood)
Martin Hawkins

Immediate next step(s):

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By when?


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Action Plan 4: Living out faith and voice in the public

Convened by: Bronwyn Pagram

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Suzanne Grimmett
Sandra Beck
Susan Sharpe
Ceri Wynne
Michelle Knight
Deb Bird
Suzanne Grimmett
Jeni Nix

Immediate next step(s):

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By when?

Email distribution list Bronwyn Pagram ASAP
Set up initial conversation
- Skype/face-to-face
- Can be multiple

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Action Plan 5: Assistance for native species of plants
that will support native wildlife by creating a Church forest/garden incorporating boxes and logs to
create homes for bats, possums and kookaburras like the 1000 year old churches across the UK.

Convened by: Suzanne Lazarevski -

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Suzanne Lazarevski
Gary Harch
Samuel Dow
David Lupton
Sylvia Horsham

Immediate next step(s):

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By when?

Procure plans from local
council – free
Start purchasing or gathering Each parish – working bee Report by next Synod or email
from local councils free native Laidley Parish
Email when native species or
planted or box is placed in

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Action Plan 6: Networking to support rural and remote
ministry, especially exploring Parish partnerships

Convened by: Paul Mitchell -

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Deb Bird Frances Andrews

Paul Mitchell Aline Stanton
Mark Carlyon Jennifer Crocker
Judith John Pamela Ray
Hope Nakagawa David Sneesby
Margaret Wesley Pat Hanly
Robert Standish-White Daniel Sitaram
Heather Dearden Cheryl Cumming
Ian Nelson Lewis von Stieglitz
Kaye Clouston Richard Mason
Sarah Gover
Helen Paget
Sylvia Free
Susan Sharpe
John Butterworth

Immediate next step(s):

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By when?

Email conversation to Paul Mitchell Initiated by end of July
brainstorm ideas

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Action Plan 7: Convening a conversation around new
models of Christian Community

Convened by: Gillian Moses -

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Deb Bird Jazz Dow Cam Venables

Sherril Molloy Lee Gauld Steve McMahon
Sandra Long Richard Mason Julie Lewis
Jeanette Jamieson Jilleen Chambers Glynn Holland-Leam
Jan Crowne Nicole Jenkins David Adams
Chris Bromwich Bronwyn Pagram Dan Berris
Honor Lawler Aline Stinton
Vaishi Raja Josie Yarham
Paul Sime Cathy Grant
Margaret Compton Nadine Dwyer
Carmen Kliendienst Heather Walker
Ruth Kerr Marilyn Redlich
Suzanne Walker David Murray
Marilyn Moore Helen Button
Ceri Wynne John Bretz

Immediate next step(s):

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By when?

Hosting a Gillian Moses 1 month
workshop/conversation around
piloting new models of
Christian Community

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Action Plan 8: Prayer

Convened by: Angela Slack, parish of Gayndah

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Angela Slack
Cheryl Dymock (Sherwood)
Helen Irwin (Springfield)
Pamela McHardy
David Lupton
Susan Sharpe/Shape?

Immediate next step(s):

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By when?


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Action Plan 9: Facilitate reading in area of same-sex
marriage, Queer, Transgender, Theology

Convened by: Lee Gauld -

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Marilyn Redlich Steve McMahon

Penny Jones Danni Clark
Robert Paget Steven Schwarzrock
Gayle Tuckwood Stephen Monsiegneur
Peter Judge-Mears Margaret Wesley
Jasmine Dow Jeffery Rogers
Josie Yarham Emma Hull
Sue Grimmett Bronwyn Pagram
Deborah Bird Glynn Holland-Leam
Helen Button
Wynona Newby-Clark

Immediate next step(s)

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By When?


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Action Plan 10: Resourcing – what does your church do
well, with a view to being a model to other churches?

Convened by: Kim Vellnagel (Goodna welfare & op shop)

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Kim Vellnagel 0418 769 024

Immediate next step(s)

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By When?


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Action Plan 11: Resource sharing hub for rural ministry
which involves both practical and human resources

Convened by: Louise Orpe -

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Rona Sandilands (Kingaroy)

Cheryl Cumming (Gayndah and
Mt Perry)
Heather Dearden
Pauline Harley
Terry Frewin
Helen Paget
Pat Hanly (Roma)
Frances Andrews (Pittsworth)
Eve James
Library Manager, Roscoe
Library, St Francis College
Brough Warren
Amy Norman

Immediate next step(s)

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By When?


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Action Plan 12: Where do we go with Reconciliation after
the Statement from the Heart?

Convened by: Rev Bruce Boase -

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Reg Dean Steph Cotroneo

Rod Kennedy York McFadzean
Sandra Beck Gayle Tuckwood
Geoff Clarke Morris Rangiwai
Steven Schwarzrock Robert Sweeney
Margaret Wesley Lee Gauld
Pamela Ray Bill Colbrahams
Bronwyn Pagram Jazz Dow
Vivien Taylor Chris Gourlay
Susan Sharpe
Deb Bird
Sue Grimmett
Glynn Holland-Leam

Immediate next step(s)

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By When?


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Action Plan 13: Change the presentation of the Church to
attract more people to church especially young but of all

Convened by: Brough Warren -

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Brough Warren

Immediate next step(s)

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By When?

Contact above (collectively) Brough Warren ASAP

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Action Plan 14: Church Planting

Convened by: Chris Johnson

Offers of support (or desire to be part of an ongoing conversation):

Desley Green
Kim Vellnagel
Wendy Brown
Ruth Kerr

Immediate next step(s)

Next Step(s) Who will ensure next step By When?


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