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Last Man Standing

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									                                                                                                                                              September 2010




     The Newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide


                                                                                                            Last Man
                                                                                                            Standing
                                                                                               The last Anglican Chaplain
                                                                                                 at the Maralinga atomic
                                                                                                          tests speaks out
                                                                                                                    Page 5




                                                                                                                The Reverend Canon Peter W Patterson,
                                                                                                                last survivng Anglican Chaplain to the
                                                                                                                Maralinga atomic tests.
                                                                                                                Photo: Steve Daughtry




Great Chefs dinner ‘Generates’ record amount
Sophie Larsen - Anglicare               An amazing array of auction         “Part of the Generate approach
                                     items also contributed to the       is that the service does not stop
   Anglicare’s 15th annual Great     success of the event including      when clients get a job. We stay in
Chefs of Adelaide lunch was a        the opportunity to become a         touch to support, advise and help
hugely successful event, raising     clown for a day at the Christmas    them sustain their employment.
a record $114,000 for the ‘Gener-    Pageant, a cruise on the Pacific    We help them and their families
ate’ program. That’s $55,000 more    Dawn, a David Dridan landscape      cope with the changes which
than last year!                      and a Mervyn Smith watercolour,     paid employment brings.
   The lunch, held on Sunday 15      just to name a few.                    “The church often talks about
August at the Adelaide Town Hall        Proceeds from the event are      transforming lives. This is it, in a
featured six inspiring chefs - Si-   going to support the Archbishop’s   practical way. This is transform-
mon Bryant from the ABC’s Cook       Appeal which funds Anglicare’s      ing this generation, but also the
and the Chef program, Mohamed        ‘Generate’ program for young        next. This is about changing the
Bartouch from Marrakech,             people facing intergenerational     community for good. The suc-
Bethany Finn from Urban Bistro,      unemployment.                       cess stories have been inspiring.”
Andrew Norris from Epicure and          Archbishop Jeffrey Driver said      Anglicare’s Chief Executive, Dr
Dennis Leslie and Rocky Oliveira     “Generate is breaking down the      Lynn Arnold, said he was de-
from Hilton Adelaide.                welfare mentality, introducing      lighted at the amount raised and
   The four-course menu was          young people and their families     thanked those who attended for                               Archbishop Jeffrey and Mrs Driver
infused with the flavours of         to the possibilities of the work-   their generosity and for making                              with Liz Scarce and the Governor,
Morocco and was thoroughly           force: and more importantly to      the 2010 Great Chefs of Adelaide                             Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce.
                                     their own potential.                                                                             Photo: Anglicare
enjoyed by all 350 guests.                                               the most successful yet.




                           3         Pakistan
                                                                                       7 Gathering                                   9        The
                                                                                                                                              Archbishop
                                     in need                                                     Together                                     of poetry
                                                                                                                                 The Guardian - September 2010 |1
                                                                          Guardian
   People & Places                                                         The Office
                                                                            Stephen Matthew                        Golf, singing, gardening,
                                                                                                                                                                 unmasked!
   From the Archbishop:
                                                                            Schools Liaison Officer             Church and fitness all find a
   The Reverend Warren Rumble, from the Diocese of Bendigo, has                                                 place in my off duty hours, and
 accepted appointment to the Parish of Ingle Farm and Para Hills.            “I commenced at the Diocesan       I am pleased to serve as a Board
 Warren was trained for ministry here at St Barnabas’ College and it      office early in 2008 as the Angli-    member of ABM.
 will be good to welcome him, with Carol, back to Adelaide. A com-        can Schools Liaison Officer, thus
 missioning date has yet to be set, but it is expected that Warren will   proving there is life after school      Heather Scrimshaw
 commence his ministry here sometime in November.                         principalship. I have worked for        Executive Assistant to the
                                                                          almost all my professional life in      Archbishop
    Following Bishop Stephen’s departure I consulted Diocesan             independent schools, and have
 Council about episcopal support, it was agreed that an Assist-           been a Head at two of them, most         Hi I’m Heather,
 ant Bishop would not be appointed at this time, while it was also        recently at St John’s Grammar            My role in the Diocesan Office
 recognised that I would from time to time need some “episcopal           school in Belair. This position       is to help in keeping the Arch-
 backup”. Bishop David McCall has agreed to work about a day and          became available as I approached      bishop organised – sometimes
 a half a week in the Diocese through at least until the end of 2011.     the end of my time at St John’s       it’s a tough job but it can be very
 I have asked him to offer some pastoral support and oversight to         and I leaped at the opportunity       rewarding.
 the health and welfare chaplains of the diocese through this time,       to serve.                                In previous lives I have worked
 while discussions continue about a combined position with Angli-            “This position is supported by     for the Churches of Christ in SA &
 care to bring together the support and coordination of Anglicare         the three Dioceses and the twelve     NT, the Uniting Church in SA and
 chaplains with diocesan health and welfare chaplaincies. At this         schools of the Province. In broad     with Uniting World as a Volunteer
 stage, I understand, Anglicare is looking to develop a 0.6FTE coor-      terms I am the ‘oil’ between the      in Mission, working with orphans
 dination and support position. Bishop David will also be part-time       schools, and between the Dioces-      and vulnerable children in a
 priest-in-charge of St Cyprians North Adelaide.                          es and the schools. Specifically, I   remote village in Africa.
                                                                          am secretary to the SA Provincial        I’m very ecumenical and enjoy
   Continuing a family theme, it was a great joy to welcome the           Education Council, executive as-      working in administration. Some
                                                                          sistant to the Heads Forum, and       would say I’m a glutton for pun-        Stephen
 Reverend Dr Theo McCall back into the diocesan family, following
 his commissioning at St Peter’s College. Equally, it was a pleasure to   represent Anglican schools on         ishment!!
 commission the Reverend Mark Thomas to the Parishes of Edward-           some committees of the Associa-          I enjoy working in the Diocesan
 stown and Colonel Light Garden. Mark trained for ministry for the        tion of Independent Schools.          Office and being part of the min-
 Diocese of Adelaide and it is good to receive him back, with Wendy,         “We live in a pluralist soci-      istry and mission of the Anglican
 following long service in Willochra.                                     ety where the denominational          Church in South Australia.
                                                                          boundaries are blurred, and              In my free time I volunteer
                                                                          where spirituality is confused        my office skills for the project I
    The St Agnes Spring Fair will be held on Saturday 25th Septem-        with religion. Very few young         worked with in Zambia, balanc-
 ber at 270 Military Road, Grange.                                        people attend Church, and so it is    ing accounts and doing acquittal
    Activities will commence at 9:00am and finish at 1:00pm. A high-      more important that schools are       reports for grants.
 light of the event will be a Wedding Nostalgia display. Lindy Driver     appreciated and recognised as            I like the movies, long slow
 is lending her Grandmothers wedding dress, her Mother’s wedding          the places where the young have       walks on the beach and my
 dress and her own wedding dress & treasures for the day. Plants,         an encounter with faith, where        favourite TV show is Buffy the
 cakes, craft and a sausage sizzle will all be available to purchase      they explore their spiritual values   Vampire Slayer.
 and enjoy.                                                               and position, and where they are         I’m looking for a husband
                                                                          brought face to face with Angli-      and applications can be made          Keith will be looking at things
                                                                          can traditions and liturgy.           through Janette Pavlovich in the      from a slightly different ‘angle’.
                                                                                                                                                      Photo: Steve Daughtry
   Anglican Refugee Network to re-form                                       “So, yes, I am passionate about    Diocesan Office. If you’re in the
   The Anglican Refugee network has begun to spring back to life.         the work of our schools, and          Diocesan Office, drop by and say
 Anglican involvement in supporting refugees when they arrive in          value most highly the work of         hello.
 our community has been a focus in the past and is likely to be a         our Principals and teachers. The         Cheers,
 focus in the future. A small group of people involved in the first       unsung heroes too are those who          Heather
 Anglican Refugee Network, formed in 1994, have met to plan a             serve on school Boards and com-          (Should this be a paid ad?
 re-forming of the network as a network of the Church in Society          mittees in a voluntary capacity,      Heather is known for a somewhat
 Ministry Unit (CISMU).                                                   and their talents and contribu-       quirky sense of humour. I take no
                                                                                                                                                         Heather
   A meeting of Anglicans currently involved and interested in refu-      tions must be celebrated.             responsibility! Ed.)
 gee support has been set for Wednesday 13 October from 7.30pm –
 9.30pm at St Columba’s Hawthorn. If you are interested in partici-
 pating in this network contact Peter Burke on 8305 9295.


    Messiah for all
    Friday September 24, 8.30pm,St Peter’s Cathedral, North Ad-
 elaide
    Join St Peter’s Cathedral Choir, soloists including Rosalind Martin
 and Keith Hempton and conductor Alan McKie conductor to sing
 Handel’s Messiah, including favourite choruses such as Hallelujah,
 For unto us a child is born, And the Glory of the Lord and All we,
 like sheep. Proceeds go towards the Cathedral Choir’s tour to Eng-
 land and Italy in 2010/11. Bring your own score, or download one
 from: http://www.cpdl.org/
    No bookings required! Get a group together and pay $20 at the
 door on the night. To enquire: edward.joyner@adelaide.edu.au


    How I am sustained as a Christian
    Noha Ishac, Coptic Orthodox Church and Gen Ryan, Sister of St
 Joseph, who will offer insights about what sustains them as Chris-
 tians, in conversation with Bruce Stocks.                                 The Tracey Gracey
    21 October 2010, 7.30pm - 9pm                                          and BTCS ad producer,
    Parish Centre of St Chad’s, Fullarton (corner of Roseberry /Chel-      Mark-John Winter in
 tenham Streets.)                                                          our ‘hi-tech’ living-room
    Contribution of $10/$5 concession payable at the door - includes       studio. Photo: Steve
                                                                           Daughtry
 refreshments.
    RSVP: SA Council of Churches 8215 0300
    or email sacc@picknowl.com.au
                                                                             Back to Church Sunday (BTCS)       being shown in Mitcham and            that the gentle and positive mes-
                                                                          is nearly upon us and energy is       Piccadilly cinemas before every       sage will help cinema-goers to
                                                                          high in many parishes, with new       screening leading up to Sep 12.       rethink their attitude towards the
                                                                          ideas popping up right, left and         The idea came from the Rev’d       church.
                                                                          centre.                               Tracey Gracey and the ad was            The Guardian is very keen
                                                                             This year the diocese has bro-     written by Diocesan Media Of-         to hear stories from parishes
                                                                          ken new ground by advertising in      ficer, Steve Daughtry.                involved in BTCS so that we can
                                                                          cinemas. An ad has been written          All the ‘actors’ are members of    celebrate the good news of our
                                                                          and produced and is currently         Anglican parishes and it’s hoped      outreach to the community.
                                                                                                                                                        Please send your articles to:
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2 | The Guardian - September 2010
                                                                             Guardian

Act for Peace Assists Flood
Ravaged People of Pakistan
   Act for Peace, the international
aid agency of the National Coun-
cil of Churches in Australia, is
responding immediately to assist
the flood ravaged people of Paki-
                                                 “Certainly the image
stan with emergency assistance
as the death toll soars beyond
                                                deficit of Pakistan has
1,500 and disease outbreaks
emerge.
                                                played a big role and
   Mr. Alistair Gee, Executive Di-
rector of Act for Peace, said, “Our
                                                with many people
partners on the ground are al-                  hesitant to donate, it
ready distributing food packages,
shelter, drinking water, hygiene                has definitely been an
kits and mosquito nets for flood
affected families in Balochistan                uphill battle since we
and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Our
partners have also put into action              launched the appeal.”
a mobile health unit to provide
emergency health assistance in
Mansehra. More mobile health
units will soon cover areas such
as Kohistan, Swat and Balakot.”
   “Up to 20 million people have
been affected thus far. Families
are stranded and exposed to
disease and extreme lack of food.
Thousands have been displaced.
Other impacts include the loss of
livestock and damage to agricul-
tural crops,” said Mr. Gee.
   Act for Peace’s partners report
that total estimated damages and
affected population are yet to be
determined due to inaccessibility
caused by rising flood waters and
disruption to communication
networks.
   Mr. Gee said, “Our response
is in the early stages and the
magnitude of destruction is only
just beginning to surface in the
international media. Our local
partners, who are members of
the ACT Alliance, are preparing
for massive displacement and
relocation of residents.”
   “Our partners in Pakistan
have been actively working with
                                       Sher Afzal aged 42; a day laborer sits with his children. His home is on
communities to overcome the            a hill and luckily was not destroyed. With no road and only rubble, foot
affects of war and respond with        bridges and uncertainty of landslides he carries rations for his family from
resilience to disasters. It is vital   Besham market every few days. His family especially his little children
that a strong, concerted and well      have not been able to sleep due to the noise of large downstream moving
coordinated aid effort is car-         rocks and boulders and the sound of the water.
ried out. This disaster threatens      Photo: CWS Pakistan-Afghanistan/ Act for Peace
to undo amazing development
achievements in Pakistan since         most aid agencies report this.         uphill battle since we launched         scale still hasn’t sunk in for a lot      How to Help:
the earthquake in 2005 which           We have a very well equipped           the appeal.                             of people due to the comparably           Gifts can be made online at
claimed over 80,000 lives.             partner on the ground respond-           “I think people are having a          low death toll. But over 20 million    www.actforpeace.org.au, via Free
   Edwyn Shiell, Campaigns &           ing to the floods with the backing     hard time separating the im-            people are affected.                   Call 1800 025 101, or by Post:
Communication Coordinator for          of ACT Alliance members from           mense need from the political is-         The scope of the disaster is im-     Act for Peace, Locked Bag 199,
Act for Peace, has encouraged the      around the world, but our appeal       sues in Pakistan. We saw close to       mense but our partners will reach      Sydney, NSW 1230. More than
Anglican community to respond          is still drastically underfunded.      $800,000 come in for the people         240,000 people with emergency          90% of gifts will be sent directly to
generously to the flood afflicted      Certainly the image deficit of         of Haiti at a comparable point in       assistance and we have high            assist the victims of this terrible
people of Pakistan.                    Pakistan has played a big role         the appeals life. We have not yet       hopes for continued donations in       flooding in Pakistan. All gifts of $2
   “The response to date has           and with many people hesitant to       reached $100,000 for Pakistan           the coming weeks.                      or more are tax deductible.
been quite underwhelming and           donate, it has definitely been an      so it is a bit of a concern. The


“This could be the church’s African century” - Bp Mouneer
ACNS                                      He explained that although “Af-     a world and said the conference         up”, that it was time for repre-       cultures in different seasons to
                                       rica groans” under the weight of       could be a turning point in the         sentatives of the continent to be      bear witness to his purpose in a
   The Bishop in Egypt, Dr             conflicts, epidemics and poverty       life of the church of Africa.           able to go to other places in the      specially marked way, and it may
Mouneer Anis, told bishops from        the African church was growing            He concluded that through the        Communion with “fresh wine             be that this is indeed his will for
more than 400 dioceses at the          in an extraordinary way and was        power of God, “We can shape             from new wine skins”.                  Africa in the years ahead.”
2nd All Africa Bishops Confer-         predicted to become a continent        the Christian mind in the whole           In his sermon, the Archbishop          Archbishop Ian Earnest, the
ence that this was an historic         of 673 million Christians by 2025.     world…We can take the gospel            of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams        Primate of Church of the Prov-
moment for Africa’s Christian             He said that, as a consequence      not just to Africa, but to the rest     - who described the conference         ince of the Indian Ocean, stressed
community.                             of this growth, the centre of the      of the world.”                          as “deeply significant” said, “It      that the time had passed when
   “There is no doubt that history     Christian world was shifting, as          This theme was echoed in the         has been said that this is going       Christian mission went from
is going to record what happens        was the global role of the church      comments of several speakers.           to be the African century of the       east to west, but that the church
at this conference for future gen-     of Africa. He issued a challenge to       Archbishop of Uganda, Henry          Christian Church in terms of en-       was now in a time when mis-
erations,” he said at today’s open-    the bishops present to consider        Orombi, said now was the time           ergy and growth and vision. God        sion could go from anywhere to
ing service in Entebbe, Uganda.        the African church’s place in such     for African Anglicanism to “rise        raises up different countries and      anywhere.

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                                                                             Guardian
ANGLICAN MILITARY CHAPLAIN TARGETS
SPIRITUAL WOUNDS
Office of Anglican Bishop to          hope I can also learn some things
the Defence Force                     that military chaplains and
                                      churches can do too.”
   An Anglican Army chaplain             Chaplain Sutherland said while
who recently served in Afghani-       in the US and Canada he will visit
stan has been awarded a Church-       about 15 different organisations
ill Fellowship to help heal war       including Defence establish-
veterans suffering from spiritual     ments, veterans centres, com-
wounds.                               munity groups and a trust that is
   Chaplain Rob Sutherland has        working with wounded warriors
received a Churchill Fellowship to    in order to find new ways to help
research programs and methods         our ADF personnel and their
to help soldiers with spiritual       families and carers.
wounds that stem from combat             He said his experiences work-
operations and Post Traumatic         ing with soldiers and their fami-
Stress Disorder (PTSD).               lies convinced him of the need
   Chaplain Sutherland was            to help them recover from their
presented with the award by           spiritual wounds and injuries.
the NSW Governor, Her Excel-             “I asked for the fellowship
lency, Professor Marie Bashir, at     because some of the soldiers and
a ceremony at NSW Government          families I have worked with, both
House on Friday, 23 July.             on operations and when they
   “This is not only a religious      returned home are suffering the
project; some define our spirit       effects of their deployment,” he
as that part of us that is not        said.
our body or our mind. Spir-              Chaplain Sutherland said that
itual wounds show themselves          he is often asked by church and
in things like guilt when we’ve       other groups how they can help
done nothing wrong, grief, anger,     soldiers and their families. “The
hopelessness, loss of faith; loss     willingness to help our veterans
of interest in things that we once    is definitely there and churches
enjoyed; spiritual wounds can         have a lot they can offer, but no
lead to isolation, to depression      one has given us the simple skills
and even to a loss of a will to       to really help. I hope to learn how
live,” he said.                       we can be a caring and support-
   He said that the Fellowship        ive community for our defence
will allow him six weeks in the       personnel and their families.”
US and Canada, where he hopes            “We have outstanding people
to learn from programs that will      who have done a tough job for
help Australian soldiers and other    their country on active service,
Defence personnel and their           but who are now struggling; and
families. There has also been         we can do more to help them.”
considerable interest from the        “This is an operational injury; it’s
wider civilian community includ-      not a sign of weakness or failure
ing the emergency services and        although it can feel like it and         Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, AC, and Chaplain
police.                               there are things that we can do to       Rob Sutherland at Government House, Sydney.
   “The Defence Force is working      help. The research overseas in-          Photo by CAPT MJ Brooke
hard to deal with the physical and    dicates that we can recover from
mental effects of training for and    this, we can feel well again”
going on operations and while we         The Anglican Bishop to the
have some very good programs I        Defence Force, Bishop Len              and the Department of Veterans         Sutherland’s research will provide   Coalition partners that will have
hope to find ways to deal with the    Eacott, himself a veteran, is most     Affairs conduct excellent men-         the foundation for new initiatives   immediate benefits for our sail-
things that are not physical and      supportive of this project. He         tal and physical rehabilitation        to correct this gap.”                ors, soldiers and men and women
not mental,” he said.                 said, “I am very eager to see the      programs, I am acutely aware             Chaplain Sutherland, who has       of the Air Force.
   “Often those with physical or      introduction of programs that          that the injuries to the spirits and   been padre for 13 of the 36 years      “It would be good to be able to
mental health issues also have        care for the spiritual wellbeing of    souls of our veterans remain as        he has been in the Army, said        introduce some things as early
spiritual injuries. Most of my        the men and women of our De-           private and untreated wounds.          he expects to source valuable        as next year, but some ongoing
work won't be religious, but I        fence Force. While both Defence        The outcomes from Chaplains            programs and tools from our          research will be necessary too.”




  Aid agency calls for ban on
                                                                             Cluster Bombs
act for peace                         end the indiscriminate suffering
                                      caused by these brutal weapons.
   Recently, the Labor and Liberal    We are now asking all parties to
parties announced domestic            make some concrete commit-
armed violence reduction              ments to help reduce armed
commitments. Act for Peace is         violence globally, including:
encouraging both parties to fol-         1. Ratifying the Convention on
low this up by announcing their       Cluster Munitions
international armed violence             2. Taking a lead in developing
reduction commitments.                the global Arms Trade Treaty           munition-contaminated areas
   Nothing will assist Australia's       3. Supporting the immediate         within 10 years and assistance to
security more than increasing our     start of international negotia-        affected communities and cluster
action to reduce armed conflict –     tions towards a Nuclear Weapons        munition survivors.
the main cause of refugee move-       Convention”.                              In April 2010, the Australian
ments to Australia.                      Act for Peace has supported         Government announced $10 mil-
   On Sunday, 1 August 2010, the      communities in Lebanon,                lion for mine action in Laos, Iraq,
Convention on Cluster Munitions       Cambodia and Sudan who have            Jordan and Lebanon as part of its
entered into force. Australia has     had their lives and livelihoods        five year, $100 million Mine Ac-
yet to ratify it. Act for Peace is    destroyed by Cluster Munitions.        tion Strategy for the Aid Program.
asking both parties to announce       The treaty sets a framework for           The First Meeting of State
a date by which they will ratify      a world free from these weapons        Parties to the Convention on
the Cluster Munitions Conven-         and an environment where devel-        Cluster Munitions will be held
tion and bring an end to the in-      opment can progress in areas of        in Vientiane, Lao PDR from 8-12
discriminate suffering caused by      past conflict.                         November 2010. This is expected
these inhumane devices of war.           Background information              to be a defining moment in the
   Mr. Alistair Gee, Executive Di-       Campaigners mobilised around        life of the Convention on Cluster
rector of Act for Peace said, “This   the world to mark the entry into       Munitions.
should be a priority for both par-    force on 1 August 2010 of the             Act for Peace is the interna-
ties. Cluster munitions pose the      Convention – the most significant      tional aid agency of the National
gravest danger to civilians since     disarmament and humanitarian           Council of Churches in Australia.
antipersonnel mines, which were       treaty in more than a decade.          We empower war-torn commu-
banned in 1997. Act for Peace            A total of 107 governments          nities to reduce poverty, protect
welcomed the announcement             including Australia have signed        refugees, and prevent further
last year of Australia's Mine Ac-     the Convention, of which 37 have       conflict. Our project partners are
tion Strategy for the Aid Program.    ratified. Regrettably, the Austral-    currently assisting more than
It is now time to make commit-        ian government still has not rati-     one million people in the world's
ments beyond the aid program.”        fied the treaty.                       worst conflict areas, includ-
   Mr. Gee said, “Until Australia        The Convention bans cluster         ing Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe,
completes the process of ratifica-    munitions and requires de-             the Middle East, Burma and Sri
tion, we will fall behind a growing   struction of stockpiles within         Lanka.
number of countries acting to         eight years, clearance of cluster         www.actforpeace.org.au
4 | The Guardian - September 2010
                                                                               Guardian

Last man standing
The tragic story of the Anglican chaplains at the Maralinga atomic tests.
Stephen Daughtry                        Their duties
                                        were not ‘full
   When meeting the Reverend            time’; in rota-
Canon Peter W Patterson, you are        tion the chap-
struck by the dignity, compassion       lains were flown
and good humour that reside in          in small aircraft
the man. Despite the battle with        for short periods of
cancer that he carries on each          duty among the Test
day, he manages to sparkle with         participants.
a liveliness that eludes many              “The ‘getting there’
people his age.                         could at times be the
   Peter is a survivor. The last of     most dangerous aspect of
four Anglican chaplains who were        a chaplain’s duty.
sent to minister to the personnel          “On one particular flight
at the Maralinga atomic bomb            our departure was delayed by
testing ground.                         the malfunction of a cockpit
   This is his story, in his own        instrument. When at last we
words.                                  took off from Edinburgh RAAF
   “Many younger South Austral-         Base it was into a spectacular
ians know nothing of the British        storm rolling in from the west.
Atomic Bomb tests at Maralinga          The headwind slowed our flight
and Emu Fields in South Australia       so severely that our cheer-
during the 1950s and 1960s. The         ful pilot announced, ‘We have
consequences for many of the            reached the point-of-no-return
servicemen and civilians involved       and so I’ll try to put down at
in the tests have often been grave      Ceduna airfield. Besides, I’ve had
or lethal.                              a radio report that the roof has
   “At the time meteorological          been blown off the Maralinga
conditions were carefully moni-         airfield depot!’ His skill saved us;
tored before the detonation of          we had a wild landing, then after
the test weapons. Nevertheless,         refuelling we set off north-west
complete control of the fallout of      for Maralinga because the wind
nuclear debris and ionising radia-      was abating and we could arrive
tion and its distribution by wind       before sunset.
and weather or by the movement             “Little did we suspect that
of planes, vehicles and personnel       simply ‘being there’ at Maralinga
was not possible.                       was fraught with an invisible
   “Latest statistics concerning        danger – that of ionising radia-
Australians directly involved in        tion from atomic test fall-out!
the atomic tests or in nuclear             “The British authorities delib-
clean-up projects are frankly           erately concealed the potential
alarming. From a total of some          dangers from Australian Services
150,000 men involved fewer than         personnel.
some 2,500 are still alive.
   “The indigenous nomadic peo-         ‘Fr Wilfred suffered
ple from around atomic test sites
have also suffered, not only from       the most - a
ionising radiation, but also from
the ‘alienation’ of their traditional
                                        lingering death
‘country’. In her book, Maralinga       from a particularly
– the Anangu Story, local Anglican
author, Christobel Mattingley, has      baffling, all-over
done much to expose the anguish
and losses experienced by tribal
                                        cancer.’
                                                                                                                                                                              Peter Patterson
people.”                                   The four Adelaide part-time
   South Australian Anglican            Chaplains who served at Mar-
clergy at Maralinga                     alinga                                 Chittleborough’s death was also        ment of Veteran Affairs as one        medallion and a ‘White Card’
   “Spiritual and religious min-           “There were four young priests      due to a mysterious and unpre-         affected by exposure to ionising      to cover their specific, ongoing
istry was provided to the serv-         who were chosen for duty at Ma-        dicted cancer. His older brother,      radiation during his tours of duty    medical treatment. The writer of
icemen, scientists and civilians        ralinga. We were obliged to sign       Fr Wilfred, suffered the most -- a     at Maralinga. My cancer remains       this article received that recogni-
engaged in various duties in the        the Official Secrets Act concern-      lingering death from a particu-        under control following radio         tion. The recent Commonwealth
atomic test areas. It fell to the       ing our work there.                    larly baffling, all-over cancer. The   therapy and continuing medi-          Budget includes a promise that
lot of the Diocese of Adelaide             “They were: Wilfred James           manner of his dying (over some         cation. Weekly chemotherapy           victims will be given a ‘Gold Card’
to provide priestly ministry at         Chittleborough, Leonard Russell        ten years) became a ‘test exam-        ‘manages’ my other debilitating       and more substantial pension
Maralinga during the period of          Goggs, Keith Stanley Chittle-          ple’ in the appeals by the Atomic      condition.”                           support.
the tests.                              borough (full-time Chaplain at         Ex-Servicemen’s Association for          Victims of the Bomb                    “There needs to be a growing
   “The Bishop, Senior Chap-            Woomera) and Peter William             the Commonwealth to recognise            “Fifty years after the final 1965   awareness of the widespread,
lain Dr Thomas Thornton Reed,           Patterson, part-time AMF Chap-         authentic victims of exposure to       test at Maralinga the Department      deleterious consequences of the
selected young priests to be com-       lains.                                 ionising radiation while on duty       of Veteran Affairs recognised         atomic bomb tests in Australia.
missioned as chaplains in the              “All four became victims of the     at Maralinga.                          those who had been affected           Now it is high time to disclose
Australian Military Forces. From        atomic tests. Fr Goggs was the            I (Peter Patterson) am the sole     while on duty in theatres of          that young priests of the Diocese
among these some were sec-              first to die – an early death from     survivor among the four, having        atomic war or testing. Such           of Adelaide were among the ‘vic-
onded to minister at Maralinga.         a rare, untimely cancer. Fr Keith      been recognised by the Depart-         victims were issued with a gold       tims of the bomb’.”



                                                                                                                      What about the ‘people’?
                                                                                                                         The Guardian made point of           “On the whole, I found that
                                                                                                                      asking Peter about his knowledge      the scientists and the 'big brass'
                                                                                                                      of the Indigenous, traditional        didn't have much time for me
                                                                                                                      owners of the Maralinga area and      as the padre (we didn't count).
                                                                                                                      what they were told about how         A number of the boffins had
                                                                                                                      they had been treated. This was       been flown directly from English
                                                                                                                      his reply.                            research establishments. They
                                                                                                                         “At my time of service at Ma-      seemed to be just 'stunned' by
                                                                                                                      ralinga we knew nothing about         the vastness and isolation of the
                                                                                                                      the involvement of aborigines.        environment and 'survived' by
                                                                                                                      This was both a matter of our         focusing on their own projects.
                                                                                                                      ignorance - and that we certainly       “I came to know more about
                                                                                                                      were not given any details, except    the 'unethical' treatment of the
                                                                                                                      that care was taken to move the       local nomad people when Chris-
                                                                                                                      nomads from the 'test areas.'         tobel Mattingley (a fellow parish-
                                                                                                                         “The Federal Police officer who    ioner here at St David's) asked
                                                                                                                      acted as my 'driver', showed me       me to collaborate on her book,
                                                                                                                      around the village and its sur-       Maralinga - the Anangu Story.
                                                                                                                      rounds and test sites and other         “There was NO plan for chap-
                                                                                                                      matters of interest (and 'hot         lains to minister to aborigines or
                                                                                                                      fallout' sites). Down to Watson on    to contact them - after all they
                                                                                                                      the train line was the source of      had ostensibly ALL been moved
                                                                                                                      most of my knowledge about the        to Yalata.
                                                                                                                      whole enterprise.                       “Personally, I can say that my
                                                                                                                         “There was one indigenous          Maralinga experience was eerie
                                                                                                                      workman (a 'tradie' from Darwin       and weird - the outback is a
                                                                                                                      I think) whom I met one day in        profoundly 'spiritual', awesome
An illustration from Christobel Mattingley’s book, Maralinga - the Anangu Story.                                      the mess at lunchtime.                place - even for a Celtic 'whitey’.”

                                                                                                                                                        The Guardian - September 2010 |5
                                                                                                                                                                                        Guar

  Cathedral Art Show Returns
   St Peter’s Cathedral is about
to conduct its seventh Adelaide
Cathedral Art Show, thanks to the
contribution of some wonderful
artists, generous sponsors, a hard
working organising committee
and a large number of volunteers.
   So why does a Cathedral put on
an Art Show? Above all, it’s about
beauty and creativity and engage-
ment with the world. Historically,
art has played a vital role in litur-
gy and piety of the Church. From
catacombs and icons to stained
glass windows, the Church has
recognised the power of art to
illuminate all aspects of human
life. In fact, the Church has been
a major patron of the arts.
   Good art challenges and sur-
prises. It gets us to think outside
the square and feel differently
about familiar things, even spir-
ituality. In the right context, a
work of art can draw individuals
more deeply into divine mystery.
   The Art Show is also a fundrais-
er. The first $3,600 raised will be
given to an ABM project to sup-
port four students complete Years
11 and 12 in Papua New Guinea.
   This year the $3000 first prize
for the overall winner will be
given by Paradise Motors and
category prizes of $500 will be


                                                                                                                                                             Here
awarded for the best painting for
an artist under 25, best abstract       paintings that are actually there         “Although I cannot lay claim          “I don’t set out to paint a story,
expression, best artistic interpre-     in real life - or just implying them   to other involvements at the Ca-      but I have heard some amazing
tation of light, best social com-       - invites viewers to complete the      thedral, I now know some good         comments about my work and

                                                                                                                                                             I am,
ment or observation of human            picture in their own minds, a          people that are involved with the     what it means to others.
behaviour, best painting captur-        connection is made in this way.        organisation and running of the          “One painting I had done



                                                                                                                                                             Lord,
ing the spirit of Adelaide and             “There are few venues that          show - Michael and Sue Neale,         of a small girl on a beach was
peoples’ choice.                        cause people to talk in whispered      Michael’s energy has often picked     snapped up from a lady from
   The Guardian spoke to Mike           tones. Two places I can think of       up the sales figures by the end       NSW who had recently lost her
Barr, a well-known Adelaide artist      locally are the South Australian       of the show.. Rosslyn Cox, Rosie      daughter. The beach I had paint-

                                                                                                                                                             sendme..?
who made his first sale at the          Art Gallery and St Peters Cathe-       and John Hamilton are stalwarts       ed was one that her daughter
Cathedral Art Show.                     dral. I believe that is the plus       of the show and are usually at the    frequented in NSW. The painting
   “I think that any spiritual sense    about exhibiting at the Cathe-         point of exhaustion at the end of     had a story for her that I would
to my work would be in the eye of       dral, it has a tone of awe that sits   it. John and I conducted a joint      never have imagined!
the beholder. I feel that a viewer      well with an art exhibition and        exhibition at the Cathedral dur-         “Just recently, I was told that      Sarah Urmston - Trinity Bay
would have to be attuned to the         is reflected in good sales. It may     ing SALA a few years ago.             one of my beach paintings had
feeling of the painting to truly en-    not be the best wall space in the         “I paint what I have witnessed     reduced a young woman to tears.            As a church, we often ask the
ter into it. I see poetry as a form     world but it certainly makes up        in real life and record it with my    The beach in the painting was           question “where will our next
literary impressionism that does        for it by its ambience.                camera, which I then transfer to      where she had just broken up            leaders come from?”
not have all the details of a sub-         “The Cathedral has been the         my laptop computer from which         with her boyfriend!”                       Sure, we have students study-
ject, but imparts impressions and       barometer of my short career           I paint from. I love the beach           The Art Show will be opened          ing at St Barnabas and other the-
the deepest of feelings about it.       since its inception in 2004. I sold    and rainy streets wherever they       on Friday 8th October at 7.30pm         ological and Bible colleges, both
That’s the way I like my paintings      my first art-show painting at the      maybe. I paint a lot of local stuff   by Lieutenant Governor Hieu Van         locally and around the country
to be viewed; not as exact replicas     very first Cathedral Art Show. I       because Adelaide is rich with         Le. Tickets are available from          – but is that enough to sustain the
of things seen but an invitation to     was delirious to say the least at      things to paint. We have great        the Cathedral Office (8267 4551         current church population? Or,
share the feelings of a place.          the thought of someone paying          beaches, big skies and lovely wet     or rhamilton@stpeters-cathedral         more importantly, will we have
   “Photographs rarely impart the       out good money for one of my           streets when the rain decides to      org.au) for $30 each. The show          enough to grow our church into
grandeur of a moment, but rather        works. A few months after that         grace us!                             will continue from Saturday 9           the future?
the visual facts. I really believe      show I won my first award at an-          “Another advantage of paint-       October to Saturday 16 October             Organisers of CV (Christian Vo-
a painting should rise above the        other show and I was on my way.        ing local scenes is that they tend    and will be open from 10.00am           cation) Conference believe that,
photographic and present the            So, I have very fond memories          to be recognised by viewers. The      to 6.00pm with the exception of         at some point in every Christian’s
mood which can be spiritual or          of all the shows at the Cathedral      first question that is often raised   service times on Sunday morning         life (or maybe several!) there
mysterious and is often achieved        - it certainly gave me the start I     about a work is “where is it”!        and Wednesday evening.                  comes a time to ask the question,
unwittingly. Leaving things out of      needed.                                                                                                              “Should I work in full time, voca-
                                                                                                                                                             tional gospel ministry?”


                                                                                                                     Op-Shop
                                                                                                                                                                CV Coordinator, Jo Lock, says,
                                                                                                                                                             “CV Conference is a great time
                                                                                                                                                             to get away from the daily grind,


                                                                                                                     Network
                                                                                                                                                             soak up some great teaching and
                                                                                                                                                             reflect upon Biblical principles
                                                                                                                                                             for work and how that looks for
                                                                                                                                                             Christians.
                                                                                                                                                                “You may come away with a
                                                                                                                       The Church in Society
                                                                                                                                                             better understanding or motiva-
                                                                                                                     Ministry Unit (CISMU) of the
                                                                                                                                                             tion for your current vocation. Or
                                                                                                                     Adelaide Diocese recently
                                                                                                                                                             perhaps you might find yourself
                                                                                                                     facilitated a meeting of Anglican
                                                                                                                                                             unable to answer the question
                                                                                                                     Op Shop managers and staff to
                                                                                                                                                             ‘why shouldn’t I work in full time
                                                                                                                     explore the possibility of form-
                                                                                                                                                             gospel ministry?’.
                                                                                                                     ing a network.
                                                                                                                                                                “We’re excited to have our guest
                                                                                                                       Approximately 45 people
                                                                                                                                                             speakers David Cook (Principal of
                                                                                                                     attended with representation
                                                                                                                                                             Sydney Missionary & Bible Col-
                                                                                                                     from most parish Op Shops as
                                                                                                                                                             lege) and Al Stewart (co-founder
                                                                                                                     well as a few Anglicare repre-
                                                                                                                                                             of church planting network,
                                                                                                                     sentatives. Discussion centred
                                                                                                                                                             Geneva Push) providing inspiring
                                                                                                                     on shared problem areas such
                                                                                                                                                             and challenging talks from God’s
                                                                                                                     as collection of goods, disposal
                                                                                                                                                             Word to help us explore these
                                                                                                                     of unwanted items and recruit-
                                                                                                                                                             questions and more.”
                                                                                                                     ment of volunteers. All agreed
                                                                                                                                                                Delegates at the Conference
                                                                                                                     that there was benefit in sharing
                                                                                                                                                             can also look forward to semi-
                                                                                                                     knowledge and ideas and so it
                                                                                                                                                             nars, personal one-to-one coach-
                                                                                                                     was decided to hold a follow up
                                                                                                                                                             ing and opportunities to connect
                                                                                                                     meeting on 2nd March 2011 at
                                                                                                                                                             with other passionate, gospel-
                                                                                                                     10:00 am, St Augustine’s, 183
                                                                                                                                                             minded Christians.
                                                                                                                     Unley Rd, Unley. Parking is
                                                                                                                                                                CV Conference runs on the
                                                                                                                     available in the shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                             October long weekend (1 – 4
                                                                                                                     opposite. Subsequent annual
                                                                                                                                                             October) at Adare campsite in
                                                                                                                     meetings will be held in order to
                                                                                                                                                             Victor Harbor. Registrations are
                                                                                                                     keep on networking.
                                                                                                                                                             due by 20 September – to have a
                                                                                                                       For general enquiries
 “Autumn at Semaphore”                                                                                                                                       brochure sent out or for further
                                                                                                                     please phone Nereda Ozols:
 Inset - Mike Barr                                                                                                                                           information contact cv@efacsa.
                                                                                                                     82772856/0428277285.
 Photo: Courtesy of the Artist                                                                                                                               org.au or Jo Lock 0401 048 777.
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rdian

     Gathering Together




                                                                                                                                                             Worshippers placed hands, in the
                                                                                                                                                             colours of the Aboriginal flag, outside
                                                                                                                                                             the parish of St David’s.
                                                                                                                                                             Photo: Steve Daughtry


   Stephen Daughtry                         Asked why it is important for          “I reckon this congregation is      the church. The people inside the        ing the plaques, was a resound-
                                         St David’s, a parish in an affluent   really quite open when they are         church are not what you expect”.         ing success and the parish said
     The traditions of many cultures     area with very few indigenous         shown new ways of being. They              Christobel Mattingley and her         that “we must do it next year”. It’s
   met in colourful harmony at the       residents, to be involved in this,    can see how much we can do              husband, David, have been heav-          become an annual event.
   recent, ‘Gathering Together’ serv-    Joan replied, “That’s the very        together. God didn’t just manifest      ily involved in making sure the            “Of course there’s an irony
   ice at St David’s, Burnside.          reason. If we can’t see outside of    in the middle-east 2000 years ago       ‘Gathering Together’ service has         about a parish in Burnside doing
     Begun in 2008, through the          ourselves then how will we make       as Jesus the Son. God manifests         flourished.                              something like this. That one
   enthusiasm of David and Christo-      meaningful the Gospel that Jesus      in indigenous cultures all around          Christobel remarked, “Three           of the reasons I was so happy
   bel Mattingley, the Gathering         left with us? The command to go       the world. God is present in the        years ago I asked the parish if we       when the parish agreed to put
   Together services are a chance for    forth into the world is lost if we    ‘Dreaming’, in those stories.           could erect a plaque honouring           up the plaques, because there
   the parish to celebrate and learn     can’t see beyond our luxurious        What a wonderful thing to see           the Kaurna people and acknowl-           was some anxiety that this might
   from Indigenous cultural under-       houses and swimming pools and         the incorporation of our beliefs        edging that we worship on their          open up the door to land claims.
   standings of land and spirituality.   Mercedes – and those horrible         with the Indigenous culture as          land. The congregation agreed            Equally, it is very hard for some
     Archbishop Jeffrey was present      FWDs that you see so many of          we did today. A weaving of the          and, in fact, we erected two             indigenous people to come into
   and shared in service and cel-        around here.                          cultures and recognition that this      plaques, the second one in Kau-          the eastern suburbs. Very hard
   ebrations enhanced by the Ngar-           “I want people to see genuine     is our God and that this God has        rna language. There was a little         for people from the north, from
   rindjeri Choir, the Tal-kin-jeri      engagement with indigenous            manifested to these people in a         bit of anxiety about meeting abo-        Port Adelaide and Salisbury. It’s a
   Dance group and a welcome to          people and to understand that         different way and we can learn          riginal people on their own land         long journey, unfamiliar and very
   country spoken by Katrina Power.      it’s not just about what we do        from that.”                             and there was a lot of anxiety in        threatening.
     To some, Burnside, with its         for them, but about mutuality.           Joan believes that most Angli-       aboriginal communities. Some               “It has had an impact though.
   reputation as one of the ‘elite’      People from indigenous com-           cans would accept with the idea         people asked, “Would we be al-           Our parish has opened its heart
   areas of Adelaide, might not seem     munities have much to teach           of God manifesting in indigenous        lowed to come to your church?”           and mind”.
   the natural home for such an          us, to offer us. We can learn so      culture.                                Anyway, the first service, dedicat-
   event. The Rev’d Joan Riley begs      much from each other. We need            “I’m willing to stand by that.
   to differ.                            to move away from the idea of         I genuinely believe that if we
      “I was really pleased with how     engagement through ‘charity’,         think we’re the carriers of Jesus
   the morning went. It was fan-         the idea that because we are a        Christ to the people and that they
   tastic. It was a great privilege to   wealthy parish we can give mate-      haven’t already got God, then I
   have people from the Indigenous       rially. Really, we’re impoverished    think we’re making a grave error
   communities come and teach us         because we don’t know the rich-       and we’re reducing God and
   something of their culture and        ness and culture of Australia that    reducing God’s timeless capacity
   way of worshipping God.”              is our common heritage.               to speak to people.
                                                                                   “The Face of Jesus isn’t just
   Archbishop Jeffrey listens as Major                                         manifest in that white, guy with a
   Sumner explains Indigenous culture.                                         beard. The face of Christ is found
   Photo: Steve Daughtry                                                       in our Indigenous brothers and
                                                                               sisters. The face of Christ is found
                                                                               in the poorest people in the most
                                                                               degrading of circumstances. The
                                                                               face of Christ is there. We, who
                                                                               know the stories of the Bible, can
                                                                               share those stories and we can
                                                                               learn from the stories of the other
                                                                               cultures. Christ is already there.
                                                                               The incarnation wasn’t just in
                                                                               one place. It’s an encompassing
                                                                               thing.”
                                                                                  So, is this just a trendy thing to
                                                                               do in Burnside? After all, eve-
                                                                               ryone thinks they know what
                                                                               Burnside is like.
                                                                                  “No. I don’t know what Burn-
                                                                               side is like. I don’t reckon I
                                                                               know. I mean, why did they get
                                                                               a priest who was born in Eliza-
                                                                               beth Downs? They want to grow.
                                                                               People have made assumptions             Dylan Peisley (10), Koen Sumner (10)
                                                                               about this parish as being a place       and Eamon Peisley (5) perform with the
                                                                               of wealth and prosperity – and           Talkinjeri Dance Group.
                                                                               there’s a bit of that but it’s not in    Photo: Steve Daughtry

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                                                                              Guardian

Chaplaincy expansion
at Anglicare
Sophie Larsen

   Anglicare’s chaplaincy and
parish development services are
currently undergoing an exciting
expansion to offer more serv-
ices to Anglicare’s 1400 staff and
1000+ volunteers.
   Chaplaincy services for staff
began in 1996 with a dual focus
on pastoral care and spirituality
led by Reverend Neil Forgie.
   “At that time there were only
450 paid staff working in what
was then ‘Anglican Community
Services’ – now with over 1400
staff it’s a time to review and
expand the services offered,” said
Peter Burke, Manager, Pastoral
Care and Parish Development
Bureau.
   Prior to Peter’s appointment
chaplains were introduced in all
Anglicare residential aged care
facilities to provide pastoral care
to residents and their families.
   “There are now chaplains
and faith communities at each
of the six aged care sites with a
combined weekly communicant
number of about 150 - which
these days is a reasonable sized
congregation,” Peter said.
   Peter Burke began his chap-
laincy and parish development
role at Anglicare in mid 2005 after
over seven years as Manager of
The Magdalene Centre, a partner-
ship between three parish com-                                                                                                                               Dean Sarah McNeil & Anglicare
munities and Anglicare.                                                                                                                                      Chaplain Peter Burke, Manager
   “My role combined a focus on                                                                                                                              of the Pastoral Care and Parish
pastoral care of staff, spiritual-                                                                                                                           Development Bureau.
ity and parish development and
aimed to increase engagement           has been used by other Anglicare         Anglicare Chief Executive Lynn        opment Bureau is an important         can parishes and further affirma-
with parishes and partnerships         organisations interstate and in        Arnold announced in early July          part of the recent Anglicare          tion of the role of Anglicare as a
with Anglicare.” Peter said.           New Zealand and was reprinted          that a bureau for chaplaincy and        restructure.                          faith based organisation working
   Throughout his time at              by Anglicare Western Australia to      parish development services               “The aim of the Bureau will         for the benefit of the wider com-
Anglicare Peter has introduced         use.                                   would be created, which will            be to support the varying life of     munity.
a number of services for staff           Peter has also worked with a         increase staff access to pasto-         Anglicare through the key areas          Peter said he hopes the new
including reflection sessions for      number of parishes in project          ral care support, and increase          of pastoral care, spirituality and    bureau will be of significant ben-
staff and seasonal reflections dur-    development but this has been          support for parish community            parish development,” Lynn Ar-         efit to staff and volunteers across
ing Lent and Advent.                   time limited. The announcement         engagement and the number of            nold said.                            Anglicare as well as enhancing
   There has also been a strong        of a full time Parish Community        partnerships Anglicare shares             Peter said the new bureau will      the relationship between An-
focus on wellness, with the            Engagement Worker to be ap-            with local parishes.                    mean greater access to pastoral       glicare and the wider Anglican
Wellness at Work booklet first         pointed as part of the Bureau will       “The establishment of the             care for staff, a stronger sense of   Church of which it is a part.
produced in 2008. This booklet         greatly enhance this area of work.     Pastoral Care and Parish Devel-         positive connections with Angli-



Anglicare
Conference                             What is.....Hospitality?
                                       Matthew Anstey                         God, God’s future and our future

to be held                                A hospitable, welcoming
                                       church is a growing church. But
                                                                              is bound together by the world
                                                                              we make together.
                                                                                 In Israel, God invited a par-

in Adelaide
                                       what exactly is hospitality and        ticular nation to share in God’s
                                       what is its theological grounding?     project of life for all. In the
                                          Hospitality is making space         Church, through the Spirit, God’s
                                       for the other, giving the other        invitation itself is extended to all.
   Adelaide will host the annual       freedom to be who they are, to         This invitation is liturgically most
Anglicare Australia Conference,        listen to their story, their dreams,   concentrated in the Eucharist,
which will be held from 12 -15         their pains.                           in which there is space for all no
September at the Hilton Hotel             Hospitality has its origin in the   matter what status and food is
Adelaide.                              trinitarian life of God as Father,     distributed justly and abundantly
   The theme of this year’s confer-    Son, and Holy Spirit. Within           as a sign and symbol of God's
ence is Learning from the Past         their shared life there is love        grace in the world.
– Creating the Future, which           and listening, care and compas-           God’s love of and hence vulner-
recognises the long history many       sion. Each member of the Trinity       ability to creation is expressed
of our agencies have in support-       “makes space” for the other. This      in an unprecedented manner
ing communities.                       hospitable communion in the            in Jesus – in his Incarnation, in
   The value of having a long past     eternal life of God is expressed       his hospitable ministry to the
is being able to use it to create      in creation, wherein God makes         religious and social outcast, and
a new and different future, that       space for life to flourish. In         then finally in crucifixion, in
builds on the lessons of the past.     Genesis 1, days 1-3 of creation        which God participates uncon-
   For further information or to       create spaces of sky and land and      ditionally in the experience of
register please visit the Anglicare    sea and day and night, and in          human life, even including death.
Australia website www.anglicare.       days 4-6 these spaces are filled       God’s hospitality occurs as God
asn.au. Alternatively you can          with birds and animals and fish        “makes space” for the experience
contact Melissa Dyson from             and sun and moon. This is God’s        of death to enter into the history
Anglicare Australia on (02) 6230       hospitality towards creation, in       and heart of the trinitarian life of
1755.                                  allowing all forms of life to flour-   God. Yet this death was swal-
                                       ish in their proper place.             lowed up into Love and rendered
                                          In so creating the world, God       impotent by the resurrection,           choice of hostility over generous     very life of God. If God goes to
                   HOPE IS HERE. SA.   does not “dominate” the world          thereby allowing the original free-     welcome.                              such great lengths to make space


   150 p e
   h oyears
                                       (in Moltmann’s words), but allows      dom and project of creation to be         So when as a church we com-         for humanity in the life of God,
                                       the world radical freedom. Hence       renewed afresh.                         mit ourselves to be a Eucharistic,    then have we any reason not also
                                       God chooses to be vulnerable to           Creation needs renewing              hospitable community, it is no        to make space for and be vul-
                                       creation, to human freedom in          because sin is, from one perspec-       small or trifling idea that is our    nerable to each other in our life
                                       particular. In this hospitality of     tive, the denial of hospitality, the    motivation and model, but the         together?

8 | The Guardian - September 2010
                                                                            Guardian

                                      GOD GIVES US A FUTURE                                                        to reflect upon the differing styles    teach people publicly from the
                                                                                                                   of worship in our churches.             Bible is enhanced by restricted
                                                                                                                      She proposed four styles, (she       amounts of liturgy. A feature will
                                                                                                                   admitted they were probably to          always be a substantial sermon
                                                                                                                   some extent caricatures) of Angli-      supported by songs, testimo-
                                                                                                                   cans at worship.                        nies and prayers…the priest’s
                                                                                                                      Liturgy is mission – good Angli-     core mission business is that
                                                                                                                   can liturgy is the gateway to that      of teacher of the faithful and
                                                                                                                   greater, more real world of the         equipping grassroots apostles.
                                                                                                                   holy … the priest’s core mission        This approach seeks to cast out
                                                                                                                   business is liturgical leadership       dishonesty; the risk will be a
                                                                                                                   and good order. This approach           military-like efficiency, predict-
                                                                                                                   casts out first of all disorder, but    ability, defensiveness and an
                                                                                                                   even the best ordered liturgy           inability to dream.
                                                                                                                   in the world is not the whole of
                                                                                                                   mission.
                                                                                                                      Liturgy accessorises mission –        “what is at
                                                                                                                   here liturgy is the fancy, attractive
                                                                                                                   icing on the cupcake of mis-            stake is the
                                                                                                                   sion … leaflets serve as running
                                                                                                                   sheets, screens with images and         effectiveness of
                                                                                                                   words dominate, group discus-
                                                                                                                   sions displace sermons, meeting         our mission as
                                                                                                                   people ‘where they are’ is a guid-
                                                                                                                   ing principle … the priest’s core
                                                                                                                                                           well as the
                                                                                                                   mission business is in creating a
                                                                                                                   context for faith conversations.
                                                                                                                                                           future of our
                                                                                                                   This approach casts out bore-
                                                                                                                   dom; the risk will be the domi-
                                                                                                                                                           communities”
                                                                                                                   nance of fashion, individualism,
                                                                                                                   and addiction to choice.                   Elizabeth’s address, and sub-
                                                                                                                      Liturgy hinders mission – this       sequent comments, did provoke
                                                                                                                   conviction is that liturgy is a         and unsettle but did not dis-
                                                                                                                   handicap to mission; at best            credit or demonise. Clearly most
                                                                                                                   irrelevant and at worst counter-        of us work with something of
                                                                                                                   productive to mission. Rather           each model in our parishes, and
                                                                                                                   than helping find the one lost          we ought to look for the most
                                                                                              Elizabeth Smith      sheep, the modern-day reality is        effective mission emphases in
                                                                                                                   that liturgy prevents the seeking       each, utilising them and form-
                                                                                                                   out of the 99 lost sheep! … the         ing alliances between the four
Michael Whiting                          So commences a popular hymn        known hymn tunes and, in late          priest’s core mission business          models. She concluded, “What
                                      in many of our churches.              May, she joined over 70 clergy of      is in fostering small groups, in        is at stake is the effectiveness of
  God gives us a future, daring us       Not everyone knows that the        our Diocese at the annual clergy       discipleship programmes, and            our mission as well as the future
to go                                 words were written by the Rev’d       conference in Tanunda. We were         in evangelising…this approach           of our communities with their
  into dreams and dangers on a        Dr Elizabeth Smith, formerly of       discussing liturgy, worship,           casts out selfishness; the risk is      different but, I believe, compli-
path unknown.                         the Diocese of Melbourne and          mission, examining how our ap-         that without some community,            mentary charisms of discipline
  We will face tomorrow in the        now Mission Plan Coordinator in       proach to worship today meets          and liturgical, discipline exhi-        and innovation, creativity and
Spirit’s power,                       the Diocese of Perth. Elizabeth       the challenges of God’s call to        bitionism, self-indulgence and          continuity…(we are to be seeking
  we will let God change us, for      has a renown in the Australian        mission. Elizabeth was one of two      disorder will take over.                always) the delightful expressions
new life starts now.                  church for her delightful compo-      key speakers and she used her             Liturgy accompanies mission          of the Holy Spirit of the risen Lord
                                      sitions of songs, often set to well   considerable liturgical experience     – this conviction holds that to         Jesus.”



Doors From The Room: Perspectives on
                                                                             Faith and Poetry
Ann Nadge, Poetry Editor                He went on to reinforce the
                                      central “religiousness” of writing
  In what ways are reading and        which acknowledges, “I don’t yet
writing poetry acts of faith?         understand, I want to explore
When asked in an interview            something, I’m feeling my way,
with the BBC about a relation-        I’m searching for words, I’m
ship between poetry and prayer,       tentatively putting one stone           Rain is transparent, irresistible,      What do they spell, the fairy
the Archbishop responded: “I          forward so that I can test my foot      extravagant and obstinate            lights
think there is, I think that both     on it.”                                 it never will be wooed, to come         Draping the yard outside the
of them are about what happens          This strong sense of explor-        or go,                                 cells?
when you’ve run out of ordinary       ing the frontiers of humanity           like words, or grace.                   A daily Christmas? Unwrapping
language, both are about coming       and faith runs through Williams’                                             the surprises
to the edge of something greater,     poetry as it opens doors for the        Working at local, international,        before dawn? Another day isn’t,
something much more mysteri-          reader. Whether his subject is the    historical, humane and spiritual       for everyone
ous. Both of them are about the       power of the natural world, the       levels, Remembering Jerusalem             something to take for granted.
world being more than you can         challenges of conflict and suffer-    reminds us that beyond the door
imagine it to be.”                    ing or aspects of humanity and        of our knowing, beyond the               Another confronting poem is
  Archbishop Rowan Williams           faith, Williams leads us through a    obvious, there are always new          Martyr’s Memorial, Namugongo,
published Headwaters, his third       door into fresh perceptions, fresh    complexities.                          which records the burning alive
book of poetry in 2008. In the        frontiers of thought and belief.                                             of some of the first Christian con-
poem Senses, he writes of Touch                                               Winter.                              verts in Uganda, in 1886.
                                        In Great Sabbath we are led to        the dusty coughs like guns
  The first task: to find             consider Christ                         The class dismissed, untaught.         When the smoke has cleared,
  a frontier. I am not,                                                       Something not understood.            the bare light
  after all, everything.                He will not come again, not in        The white dry hill.                    enquires, Are you safe now?
                                      the form                                                                     Whose house is this?
   With his characteristic blend        He walked on your first earth.         Two years earlier than the Cam-
of mystery and celebration of the     But will you know                     bridge interview, on Shakespeare         As Williams claims, “If poetry
ordinary, he goes on to explore         Him when he slips, a dosser,        Sunday, 23 April 2006, Williams        makes nothing happen, what
hearing, seeing, tasting and          through the door?                     delivered a sermon on poetry           poetry makes visible is what does
smelling. The concluding stanza                                             and prophesy for the birthday          change the world.” Just as the
reminds us, perhaps, of the point       Similarly, the poem Bach For        of William Shakespeare. It was         reader is changed, so is the writer
of poetry – to explore our human      The Cello reminds us that faith       delivered at Holy Trinity, Stratford   by the process. In the Cambridge
experience in the context of life     and belief are present in rooms       - upon- Avon, known as ‘Shake-         interview Williams reminds us
itself.                               we may not have previously            speare’s Church’.                      that “Writing is, in some measure,
                                      entered:                                 In this sermon, Williams            an act of faith in language and
   Each door from the room says,                                            argues: “Authority, whether in         therefore for me at least, there is
   This is not all. Your hands will     By mathematics we shall come        religious or poetic speech, or         an element of God in the whole
find                                  to hear                               both, arises from the acceptance       process of intelligent and imagi-
   in the dark                          This page the door of God’s         of the wound, the resolve to live      native communication.”
                                      academy                               with one’s own undefendedness            Poetry quoted is from The
  In an interview at a Cam-             for the geometer.                   so that certain things in the hu-      Poems of Rowan Williams (2002)
bridge bookshop in 2008, Rowan                                              man world are never forgotten          and Headwaters (2008), both
Williams commented, “I am a             Perhaps it is this movement         or reduced”. A powerful poem           published by Perpetua Press,
bit afraid of the term ‘religious     from the ordinary to the tran-        that leads us beyond our comfort       Oxford.
poetry’. In a quite important         scendent that we find most often      zones to new frontiers is Death          Books are available online from
sense I would rather be judged        in good poetry and specifically,      Row, Luzeera Jail, Kampala.            Church House Books.
a bad poet than a religious poet      in Williams’ work. The poem           There, some prisoners have been          http://www.chbookshop.co.uk
because I’m a poet (I hope) who       Cornish Waters includes a subtitle    on death row for nearly a quarter       Ann Nadge is the Guardian’s
happens to be a religious believer    reference to “Regional Water          of a century. We may be power-          poetry editor. Submissions are
and who therefore in writing his      Companies” and we are confront-       less to change the situation but        always welcome and should be
humanity, writes that dimension       ed at once with characteristic        we have the power to remember           sent to the paper via the contact
of humanity”.                         mystery and irony.                    and remind. The poet asks,              addresses on page 6.

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                                                                                                                               Letters to the Editor
                                                                                       Guardian
Be careful what you
promise the public!
                                                                                                                                 Letter from America                   tralia and other Provinces of the
                                                                                                                                                                       Communion will oppose.
                                                                                                                                  I am a retired American profes-        I personally have been pushing
                                                                                                                               sor of social work and social wel-      the Australian draft of the pro-
                                                                                                                               fare who first came to Adelaide         posed Covenant that makes four
                                                                                                                               on sabbatical leave in 1974 and         key points: the autonomy of the
                                                                                                                               since then made 16 trips to Ad-         Provinces, that the Archbishop of
                                                                                                                               elaide until I got too old to travel.   Canterbury has no authority over
                                                                                                                                  I have been intensively in-          the Provinces, that no Province
                                                                                                                               volved in the American Episcopal        be removed because of its poli-
                                                                                                                               Church all my life and used my          cies and practices, and that there
                                                                                                                               visits to Australia as an opportu-      be no central court to deal with
                                                                                                                               nity to become involved in the          disputes among Provinces.
                                                                                                                               Anglican Church of Australia.             It is especially unacceptable
                                                                                                                               I have received the “Guardian”          to the U.S Church to give the
                                                                                                                               since 1974.                             Archbishop of Canterbury who is
                                                                                                                                  I served in Germany during           appointed by the British crown
                                                                                                                               WW II and while in Adelaide             on advice of the British Prime
                                                                                                                               participated in two demonstra-          Minister, authority over the Com-
                                                                                                                               tions opposing the U.S attacking        munion that seems to make the
                                                                                                                               Iraq and since have become very         Communion a matter of crown,
                                                                                                                               internationally minded and sup-         empire and established church.
                                                                                                                               portive of the Anglican Commun-           Many of us who care would like
                                                                                                                               ion especially in regard to peace       to make the Consultative Council
                                                                                                                               and justice concerns                    the sole organization responsible
                                                                                                                                  This letter is in response to        for actions by the Communion
                                                                                                                               Dean Macneils recent plea in            and we would also recommend
                                                                                                                               the “Guardian” that we learn to         that the chairman of the Council
                                                                                                                               live with differences and keep a        be the main spokesman for the
                                                                                                                               dialogue with each other about          Communion.
                                                                                                                               them.                                     We would also want to make
                                                                                                                                  I want to apply this to the          the General Secretary solely
                                                                                                                               Anglican Communion where                selected by the Council and work
                                                                                                                               relationships between Lambeth,          under its direction, not primarily
                                                                                                                               the seat of the Archbishop of           under Lambeth as is now the
                                                                                                                               Canterbury, and the U.S.Church          case.
Ramon Williams - Sydney               21st July, was the entry: "'The                  burnt-out shell of St Barnabas'         have badly deteriorated espe-             Very truly yours
                                      new St Barnabas is coming soon!'                 Anglican Church following a fire        cially since the dispute over gay         Archibald Stuart
  Every parent knows that once a      proclaims a sign outside the old                 which gutted the historic build-        and lesbian bishops. This seems           West Hartford, USA
promise is made it will never be      church site on Broadway," writes                 ing. Now the ground is cleared          to many of us more of a power
forgotten. And woe betide those       Matt Sheumack of Glebe. Some                     and ready for the re-building pro-      struggle than substantive issue,
who imagine that it will. Children    wag has added, 'That's what you                  gramme - as the sign proclaims.         with Lambeth supporting efforts
remember!                             said about Jesus!'"                                 The old St Barnabas’ used to         to interfere in the autonomy of
  It seems the same might be            That was enough to make reli-                  have a closely followed ‘billboard      the U.S. Church.
said of those who doubt some of       gious press photographer Ramon                   conversation’ with the pub op-             This has cumulated in Lam-
the promises of the church - as       Williams grab his gear and head                  posite. It looks like some tradi-       beth taking authority to remove
the photo above suggests.             into town to capture such a his-                 tions die hard, outlasting fire and     the U.S representatives of the
  In Column 8 of the Sydney           toric comment.                                   construction delays.                    Anglican Communion on all in-
Morning Herald of Wednesday,            In 2006 he photographed the                       Where is my marker pen....?          ternational ecumenical organiza-
                                                                                                                               tions because the U.S. ordained a

Meeting the animals brings in the crowds                                                                                       female lesbian suffragan bishop
                                                                                                                               in the Diocese of Los Angeles.
                                                                                                                                  To many of us in the U.S.
   A “Meeting the Animals” serv-      The Australian native ‘Tawny                                                             Church this is divisive and an
ice and celebration was held on       Frogmouth’ felt right at home being                                                      unacceptable use of authority by
Friday ,16th July at St. Martins      cared for by Georgia Robinson.                                                           Lambeth that we hope that Aus-
Church, Campbelltown.
   Over one-hundred children
and their carers took part in face                                                                                              Your paper - your voice!
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   Many new faces were in evi-                                                                                                        it to be - your voice.                          Guardian.
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who, as part of the event, could
pet the cuddly Australian native
creatures.
   The Reverend Mara Di Franc-
esco said, “It was wonderful to see
a number of children present who
had received the sacrament of
baptism in our parish. It’s a spe-
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especially when they already feel
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Archbishop Jeffrey Driver



The Campaign for
Dummies
   A while back we were flooded
with “For Dummies” books. Top-
ics range from “Microsoft Win-
                                      Gillard, AFL supporter that she is,
                                      executed a good Rugby sidestep
                                      by deferring debate to a “people’s
dows for Dummies” through to          assembly”. Tony Abbot could
algebra, genetics and dog training    hardly complain. He was leader
(who was training who?).              of his party partly because of its
   Australia has produced the         turmoil over climate change.
latest. It was “The Election for         On the Wednesday before the
Dummies”.                             election I was doing what bishops
   We have a new Government           do; baptising and confirming
and we have an election system        in one of our schools. The Old
that works, is efficient, highly      Testament reading set for the day
participatory and trusted. Thank      was from the Book of Ezekiel and,
God for that!                         remarkably enough, it was about
   But in the recent election both    politicians.[i] The Shepherds of
major parties sold our system         Israel, as the political leaders of
and the Australian people short.      the time were called, we being
They conducted a “Campaign for        chastised for self interest; for
Dummies”.                             looking to their own security
   For both parties it was a          before that of their people, tend-
campaign about risk avoid-            ing to their own situation before
ance. With both the big parties       tending to their sheep.
of the rebound from leadership           Perhaps Ezekiel’s criticism is a
changes, it was all about Tony        little too harsh to apply to Messrs
Abbot and Julia Gillard avoiding      Gillard, Abbot and Co., but this
a critical hit. The articulation of   recent election was certainly an
coherent policy and the debate of     election focussed more on get-
that policy were replaced by the      ting politicians elected, than on
endless propagation of slogans.       debating the future of Australia.
Ad hoc promises aimed more at            The point Ezekiel was making
silencing criticism than advanc-      all those years ago, is that those
ing a national debate littered the    who want to lead must take the
highways as both leaders criss-       risk of putting their people first.
crossed the country seeking to        Australia deserves leaders who
shore up the marginals.               will take the risk of giving them
   Labour made enough changes         clear policy choices and enabling
to the proposed mining tax to         real debate about our nation’s fu-
silence the big players who were      ture. That’s the responsibility and
financing a very effective adver-     vulnerability of true leadership
tising campaign against them.         and it was remarkably absent in
Tony Abbot conducted repeated         this last election.
funeral services for “Work Choic-        So who were the real dummies
es” but left us guessing about the    in the “Campaign for Dummies”?
substance and detail of a Coali-      I suggest that time will tell.
tion industrial relations policy to
replace it.
   What is undoubtedly the most             +Jeffrey
important long term issue for
our time; that of Climate Change
was given small change. Julia           [i] Ezekiel 34: 1-11



ABM working with the Diocese of Peshawar
                                      ABM                                   to the flood victims, both finan-   the Global Anglican Relief and        Please pray for the victims of
                                                                            cially and prayerfully,” he said.   Development Alliance (GARDA).       this disaster, for those who have
                                         Almost 20 million people have         Medical supplies are a prior-    Although disasters are never        lost loved ones, the government
                                      now been affected by floods in        ity as the threat of a diarrhoea    welcomed, it was a blessing that    and army who are coordinating
                                      North Western Pakistan which          and cholera outbreaks in the wet    we could respond to this terrible   the response, aid agencies and
                                      has prompted Anglican Relief          conditions is imminent.             event in such a compassionate       our Partner Church as they face
                                      and Development Agencies from            Recently returned from the       and united way,” he said.           tremendous challenges ahead.
                                      around the world to launch ap-        Lambeth meeting, the Revd              Lambeth has sent initial dona-     Donations can be made at
                                      peals for the Anglican Church in      John Deane said that the global     tions to directly support the       www.abmission.org or by sending
                                      Pakistan.                             Anglican response to the Paki-      Diocese of Peshawar in the im-      a cheque/money order made out
                                         The flood survivors are in         stan Floods was an indication of    mediate aftermath of the flood-     to: Anglican Board of Mission –
                                      urgent need of basic aid such as      things to come.                     ing and other non-government        Australia to Locked Bag Q4005,
                                      medical supplies, clean drink-           “I met with other Anglican       organisations are continuing to     Queen Victoria Building, NSW
                                      ing water, food and shelter. As       leaders about the creation of       offer support.                      1230.
                                      the disaster occurred just after a
                                      meeting of Anglican relief and de-                                                                                SPIRITUAL RETREAT
                                      velopment agencies from around
                                      the world at Lambeth palace,                                                                                     At McLaren Vale Oct 29-31
                                      agencies based in the US, UK,                                                                                     “A Retreat guided by the
                                      Canada and Australia were able                                                                                    ideas and spirituality of
                                      to coordinate their appeals, the                                                                                       Richard Rohr”
                                      funds from which will go directly
                                                                                                                                                       Facilitated by Nora Kunzel and
                                      to the Church in Pakistan.
                                         In Australia, the Anglican Board                                                                                        Bruce Stocks
                                      of Mission is appealing to people
                                      here to support the appeal.
                                         The Anglican Church of Paki-
                                      stan has advised that people in
                                      the Diocese of Peshawar have
                                      been badly affected by the floods,
                                      with Christians and other minor-
                                      ity groups among the poorest and                                                                                 At Douglas Scrub Reserve.
                                      most marginalised people in the                                                                                     Important to Book Early
                                      province.                                                                                                       More information, Retreat Flyer and
                                         The Revd John Deane, Execu-                                                                                     bookings on 08   83402240
                                      tive Director of ABM said, “Many
                                      of the people these floods have                                                                                 0421845091 wisliv@adam.com.au
                                      affected already live in the slums                                                                               www.wisdomforliving.net
                                      and underdeveloped areas of the
A young man salvages belongings       affected cities so this community
from the mud in the aftermath of      and the wider region is in great
the flooding.                         need of our help.”
Photo:The Development and                “I hope that you will join with
Relief Sector of the Diocese of
Peshawar, Church of Pakistan.         ABM to offer this urgent support

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