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INSIDE: Celebrating 150 Years of St Peter’s Cathedral


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Archbishop Geoffrey Smith

On the 30th of June we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Cathedral. This celebration was just one part of the 150th celebrations that started in Advent last year and continue through much of 2019. Our Cathedral did not have a straightforward beginning with its location originally planned by Colonel Light to be in the centre of Victoria Square. The grant of the site was completed by the Governor LieutColonel Robe in 1848 but before long the right to the site was disputed on behalf of the City Corporation who contended that their municipal powers had been infringed by the Governor. Their claim was upheld by the Supreme Court and it was probably due to the loss of such a valuable a site that the building of a cathedral was so delayed with the foundation stone not being laid until June 28th 1869, the 22nd anniversary of Bishop Short’s consecration. The first stage of the Cathedral was consecrated on January 1, 1878. In 1890 the second stage was begun but in 1894 the money ran out and nothing further was done until 1897. The nave was completed in 1901, the spires were dedicated in 1902 and the Lady Chapel in 1904, thirty-five years after the laying of the foundation stone and fifty-seven years after Bishop Short first arrived in Adelaide. The point of retelling this story is to highlight the fact that the process of arriving at the completed Cathedral was not easy or simple. We are used to seeing the completed building and it is one of the most important buildings in South Australia but achieving the completion of the Cathedral required perseverance-especially by Bishop Short who waited 21 years after his arrival in Adelaide for the foundation stone of his Cathedral to be laid. The completion of the building also required the solving of problems and difficulties-


especially with funding, and also the generosity of many people. We have the Cathedral we have because of the perseverance, hard work and generosity of those who went before us. Even though the Cathedral has been completed many years now, two challenges exist for us. The first is to maintain the Cathedral in good condition so that it will continue to be a very significant building not just for the church but for the wider community. The second is to continue the perseverance hard work and generosity of those involved in building the Cathedral as we negotiate the challenges of being the Anglican church in Adelaide in 2019. We continue to have an important God given task-to proclaim in word and deed the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. But there are challenges in that for us, as there ever have been, and certainly were in the late 1800’s. Part of our celebration of this significant milestone is to commit ourselves to persevering-not allowing discouragement or difficulty in our mission to cause us to give up but to continue trusting in the grace of God whose mission we share. The loss of the site in Victoria Square must have been a huge blow to Bishop Short and the tiny Anglican community of Adelaide, but they kept going and finally the Cathedral was built. We must also keep going confident in the grace of God, which empowers us and the love of God for all people. The news we have of Jesus is good news that must be shared. What will come of that we don’t know. But under God, lives will be blessed, which in itself makes our effort so worthwhile.



Taking the Broken and Making it Better


Meet Adelaide’s Newest Bishop


New Clothes to Those in Need


Augustus Short Scholarship




Pulling Together at Pentecost


St Barnabas Sails to Cyprus


St Barnabas Day Celebrations


Bishop Rayner’s Golden Jubilee




St PC 150 Years Young


StPC Patronal Festival




BCA 100 Years of Going the Distance


Youth Claim Climate Change Award

13 New Book Explores Anglican Foundations 13

CofE’s New Social Media Guidelines


Christobel Mattingley Tribute


Film Review: Toy Story 4

15 Changes to Safe Ministry Application Process

We have been graced with a wonderful Cathedral. May we be grace in the life of our community so that the Cathedral is not a museum of a bygone era but a symbol of a life-changing messageJesus Christ, the saviour of the world.



Taking The Broken and Making it Better by Archdeacon Emeritus Conrad Paterson

Resurrection, reconcilication, restoration, redemption, reformation, reform, recovery, renewal. Each of these words suggests that there is something broken that has now been returned to its proper state. In fact they go further than that. To simply take something and put it back together again the way it was before does not do justice to what each of these words suggests. The childhood rhyme of Humpty Dumpty is quite instructive. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men. Couldn’t put Humpty together again. No, he could not be put back the way he was. So we should understand that what each of these words is suggesting is that whatever there was before that was broken is now taken, reformed into something newer, and that new something is better than it was before. If we take the Resurrection story, which we celebrated at Easter. It is quite clear that the Resurrection Jesus was in some quite significant and mysterious way not exactly the Jesus with whom the disciples had walked through Galilee. In the garden in the early morning light, Mary Magdalene takes him to be the


gardener. “Do not touch me, for I have not ascended to the Father,” Jesus says to her. On the road to Emmaus his fellow walkers do not recognise him until he shares a meal with them. He does very definitely ask Thomas to touch him to prove that he is real and really risen. But there is a very clear assumption that the resurrected Jesus is not the simple Jesus of Nazareth any more. He is truly both the Son of God, and the Son of Man. In a similar fashion, Reformation takes something that is broken or damaged and makes of it something new and better. In a particular sense of the word, the Reformation describes how the church was taken from the dire state to which it had descended and reworked into something where the excesses had been cleared out, and the errors corrected, and it had been set on a new path. Which is not to say that there are not new Reformations needed from time to time. When we use the term Reconciliation in the Australian context it has taken on a very specific meaning. It has to do with a recognition that the arrival of Westerners in Australia did great harm to the indigenous people who had lived here for centuries. And it also has to do with a sense that past injustices need to be recognised, and that a new relationship has to be forged between the people who now live in this land. As with Humpty Dumpty, there is no going back to where we were prior to 1788. That is a nonsense. What we have to

do is to find the new way of working together to achieve what is best for all of us. Commonly, there is an understanding that every Christian is someone who has been “born again”. It’s not a term that we Anglicans are very happy to use, but we can’t escape it. Being a Christian is a decision that we belong to Christ. We have chosen to follow him. We have abandoned our old life and been born again into a new life in Christ. It is easier to see this in the context of a person who enters freely into this new life as an adult person making a conscious decision. In a sense missionaries in a pagan society have an easier time of it. Choices made in that context are much clearer. The theory for us is that we enter into this new relationship at the time of our Confirmation. In practice, it happens at the point where we “grow up” and accept personal responsibility for who and what we are. Even that does not necessarily make us Christians. Not unless we make the transition from happy heathen to committed Christian. This is a REBIRTH. Or to put it another way, the old damaged self has been made “fit for purpose”. We are still exactly the same people, nothing has changed about what makes us, “us”. What has changed is that the old imperfections have been removed, and we are a shiny new model. We have been remodelled and restored to what we were meant to be from the beginning.


Meet Adelaide’s NEW Assistant Bishop In April, Archbishop Geoff Smith announced the appointment of the Venerable Denise Ferguson as an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Adelaide. Originally from New Zealand, Denise is an experienced church leader having served in the Dioceses of Waikato and Taranaki, and Wellington, and more recently in the Diocese of Brisbane, where she has served as the Rector of East Redland Anglican Parish and Archdeacon of Moreton. Denise is married to Mark and they have an adult daughter, and Guardian caught up with Denise recently via email to get to know her a little better ahead of her move to Adelaide. G. What are you most looking forward to about life in Adelaide? DF. Along with my husband Mark I, have been privileged to have lived in many different places. One of the delights of a new location is discovering the stories, people and places that have shaped our new home. One particular aspect I am looking forward to, having been in Queensland for the past five years with endless summers, is a return to celebrating the seasons. I suspect one of my first tasks, once unpacked, will be to plant spring bulbs. G. What gets you out of bed in the morning? DF. Usually the cat, but I suspect that isn’t the answer you are looking for. On a good day, the prospect of encountering some amazing people, on a bad day reminding myself that God’s story is too important not to be shared and I have a part to play in that. G. What do you like to do in your down time? DF. I’m quite a home body so curling up with a good book or watching a

movie refreshes me. I love to entertain when I have time. The kitchen is the heart of my home and has been for many years. It’s the place where we gather family and friends and enjoy each other’s company. When I have the opportunity, I enjoy the theatre and the arts, especially musical theatre so the Adelaide Festival is a definite bonus. G.Will life change once you’ve been ordained a bishop? DF. Every step of my journey with God and God’s people has changed, shaped, moulded and stretched me, so I anticipate a similar experience. But even in saying that, ‘ministry is ministry’ and we are all called to bring our gifts to the table, share them abundantly and graciously as we work together to grow God’s Kingdom. My first steps will be finding my place at the table in Adelaide. G. What do you identify as the greatest challenges for the church in 2019 and beyond? DF. We live in an incredibly challenging time for the church. We are constantly being pulled in different directions. One of the challenges is being willing

to find our strengths in solidarity, rather than pushing each other away because of our differences. Doing this takes courage. I pray for courage for the journey – for all of us. G. What should the church be celebrating in 2019? DF. The amazing things that God has done through the life, death and resurrection of his son, Jesus Christ. To quote the Archbishop of York ‘Prayer and parties are at the heart of our faith.’ These words may sound flippant, but when you think about it, prayer is our ultimate connection with God and parties are the hospitality God offers to us and we are called to share with others. G. What three words would you use to describe Denise Ferguson? DF. You do ask difficult questions! Passionate. Practical. Loyal. G. Given the chance, who would you like to be for a day? DF. The Ferguson cat, Thomas. As long as he is fed regularly and given lots of cuddles, he doesn’t have a care in the world. I’m allowed to dream…



Bringing Brand New Clothes to Those in Need AnglicareSA has made some changes to the way it provides support to people experiencing vulnerability. Thanks to an exciting partnership with Thread Together, which commenced in 2018, AnglicareSA now distributes brand new clothing to people in need through two mobile wardrobes. AnglicareSA CEO Rev’d Peter Sandeman said Thread Together collects excess clothing from fashion retailers that would otherwise go to landfill, and AnglicareSA distributes it to people doing it tough. “New clothing can make a huge difference in people’s lives, giving them dignity and enhancing self-worth,” he said. “Through Thread Together, we have access to as much new clothing as we need and we are finding new ways to get that clothing to as many people in need as possible.” The former Cathedral Fashions op shop site in North Adelaide is being transformed into a distribution and storage hub for Thread Together. AnglicareSA has consolidated its op shop presence at one centralised site, The Bargain Centre, located within the

Magdalene Centre on Gilbert Street in the city. “The op shop business in our community is very competitive,” Rev’d Sandeman said. “The costs associated with operating our stores has been increasing and sales do not cover those costs.” Due to now having just one op shop outlet and reduced capacity for storage and sorting, AnglicareSA’s requirement for donated second-hand clothing has greatly reduced. As a result of this change in focus, the donated clothing receptacles in six Anglican churches and three Anglican schools will be removed during June 2019. “We are extremely grateful for the support these parishes and schools have provided over many years,” Rev’d Sandeman said. “Donations of food, clothing, furniture and other essential household items will still be needed to support people in crisis.

“We continue to work with Anglican schools and parishes and other supporters to source particular items for drives that meet specific customer needs, such as our annual Christmas Hamper drive. “We acknowledge the amazing generosity of our supporters and donors, and look forward to continuing to work together to serve those in need.”

AnglicareSA is seeking more volunteers to work in our expanding Thread Together program. For more information, please email or go to

AnglicareSA and University of Adelaide award inaugural scholar Lucy Lucy Lockwood was full of smiles when she was announced as the University of Adelaide’s inaugural AnglicareSA 150 Augustus Short Scholar this month. The AnglicareSA 150 Augustus Short Scholarship commemorates the 150th anniversary of the iconic St Peter’s Cathedral and The Right Reverend Dr Augustus Short. As the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Dr Short believed highachieving students, regardless of wealth, should have access to higher education. Thanks to the partnership between


Adelaide University and AnglicareSA, the scholarship was made available to a commencing student in 2019 of high academic merit who has relocated from a rural or remote area, and who is experiencing financial hardship or another disadvantage. 20-year-old Lucy from Mount Gambier always dreamed of attending university with aims to provide dental services to people in remote Australian communities and developing countries. But on receiving her award, she reflected on the tragedy which initially put her dentistry dream on hold.

“I’ve wanted to study at the University of Adelaide since I was 15 years old,” she said. “But it all seemed impossible when just over two years ago, my Dad took his life.” The financial hardships of being a singleparent family in a rural area have further complicated Lucy, her two siblings and mother Lynette’s emotional rollercoaster. With the family unable to finance Lucy moving to Adelaide to study, she began working as a dental assistant at a local clinic in Mount Gambier. But Lynette said her daughter never gave up looking for opportunities to get into continued page 5

the opportunities she deserves.”

“Lucy had to have two gap years working in the country because we just couldn’t fund her to come to Adelaide – it was heartbreaking because it’s all she wanted to do,” Lynette said.

“Dr Short had the vision that education was important and should not be defined by where you’re from or the amount of money you’ve got in your

talented young people like Lucy, the chance they otherwise may never have had to pursue their dreams.”


university – one of which was applying for the AnglicareSA 150 Augustus Short Scholarship.

Lucy said the AnglicareSA Scholarship has made a “huge emotional difference”, enabling her to prioritise her mental health and studies. To financially support this scholarship please contact Yvonne MartinClark, University of Adelaide External Relations via yvonne.martin-clark@ or 08 8313 6816.

“The scholarship eases the burden on her finding a job – she has enough to deal with mentally, as well as moving to a city away from her partner, family and friends.

If you’ve lost someone to suicide and are looking for support services please get in touch with the AnglicareSA Living Beyond Suicide team on 1300 761 193. For support regarding suicide prevention, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

“Words can’t explain how proud I am considering what she’s been through.” pocket,” he said.

AnglicareSA Patron and University of Adelaide Chancellor Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce said “it’s inspiring to think the scholarship has enabled Lucy to access

Photos (L - R): Very Rev’d Frank Nelson, Rev’d Peter

“In commemorating this legacy, the scholarship is an opportunity to give

Sandemann, Lucy Lockwood, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Josephine Marshall, Archbishop Geoffrey Smith, Andrew Marshall

Pulling Together at Pentecost by St Mark’s Anglican Church Wynn Vale Read all about it! A baby born to a virgin in a stable, the long-awaited Messiah. Christmas. Read all about it! Jesus the Messiah crucified.Good Friday.

At St Mark’s Anglican Church, Wynn Vale, we celebrate the birth of the Christian church “joyfully” by joining with our brothers and sisters in Christ in an Ecumenical gathering.

Read all about it! Jesus the Messiah ascends to his Father.Ascension.

A service of song, prayer and the reading of God’s word by members of various churches and committees, ably led by our Rev Mark Hawkes, enables us to bring together a community of worshippers in our local area.

Read… all... about... it…? What now?? Watch this space!

The prayer for the Unity of Churches was delivered by Christine Krollig

Jesus promised, “I will send you the Advocate the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.” (John 15:26 NLT)

(Uniting Church) while prayers for the Pastoral Care Workers and Christian Option Program leaders were offered by Rosemary Mack (Christian Option Program). Mostyn Krollig, as secretary of the Schools Ministry Group Tea Tree Gully, played a dual role in giving us an update of the work of the Pastoral Care Workers and praying for the City of Tea Tree Gully.

Read all about it! Jesus the Messiah, alleluia, He is risen!Easter.

10 days later, on the day of Pentecost, all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. (Acts 2:1-4 NLT)

The reading of God’s Word was provided by Warren Mack (Uniting Church), June Hindmarch (St Luke’s, Modbury) and Noelle Wallis (Pastoral Care Worker at The Heights School, Modbury Heights).congregation, was

Dennis Dewell, a member of St Mark’s congregation, was our guest speaker this year and based his message on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. 16 “Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” Using his own life experiences, that of a friend and the writers of two hymns Dennis delivered a thought provoking and encouraging address in attempting to follow the advice in Paul’s letter and emphasised the sustaining power and comfort of the Holy Spirit in contrast to secular and temporary feelings of euphoria. Our sincere gratitude extended to everyone who took part in this joyful Pentecost celebration. The fellowship created by a common theme of worship during the service continued over a delicious supper. (Thank you, ladies.) The offering from this gathering helps to further the work of Schools Ministry in the Tea Tree Gully area, with a sum of approximately $627 raised. Praise the Lord!



St Barnabas Sails to Cyprus Resolving to raise awareness of St Barnabas ‘the son of encouragement’, our resident librarian Katrina, and library volunteer Fiona, have begun to create a series of four paintings for the library. Each painting is intended to depict various events in St Barnabas’ missionary life. The first painting completed by Fiona and on display in the library, has a blue colour scheme and illustrates the return of Barnabas to Cyprus in 45 AD. The painting shows Paul, Barnabas and his relative John Mark approaching the island of Cyprus by boat, with the setting sun on the horizon. Paul, in the centre of the boat, is wearing his Pharisaical regalia, looking concerned at the immensity of the task ahead. Barnabas, on the other hand, lives up to his name by ‘encouraging’ Paul for the journey ahead while holding an early version of Matthew’s Gospel. John Mark is shown standing at the bow of the ship looking towards their destination, the city of Salamis. Based on Fiona’s research of the region, the image of the city is based largely on artistic imagination. Looking closer, it is possible to see the Roman fort sitting in the centre of the township. Fiona also noted the similarities of Cyprus and Salamis to South Australia and Adelaide – a coastal city on a plain, surrounded by hills which produce grain, grapes, copper and wine.

St Barnabas College Celebrates St Barnabas Day by Anthony Bondarenko On Thursday 6 June, St Barnabas College celebrated an early St Barnabas Day. Beginning with the College Eucharist at 12:30pm, the wider college community and Diocesan Office gathered together for shared worship. The Principal, The Rev’d Dr Don Owers, preached a short homily focusing on Acts 11:19 - 30. He noted that mention of Barnabas usually involves a reflexive association with “encouragement”. This is for good reason, of course, seeing as Barnabas’ own name means Son of Encouragement, likely given due to his character and behaviour. Problematically, however, in much the same way as the words grace or love can lose their significance, the call to be “encouraging” can seem too familiar, if not vague, and lack a challenging edge. Don suggested that Barnabas’ example of encouragement in Acts 11 needs to be seen as a particular kind of encouragement – an encouragement that sustains the evangelistic ministry of the Church. Luke describes Barnabas’ ministry in Antioch: “When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.” And then consequentially St Luke, adds “and a great many people were brought to the Lord.” In Barnabas’ own act of encouragement, the gospel spread in an evangelistic manner. Don posed a

The paintings, designed to look like windows, encourage one to look through to the outside world to see the life and mission of Barnabas, serving as a reminder to the students of their inner calling. “I like the story within this first painting,” Fiona commented “it’s about the sending of St Barnabas and St Paul to spread the good news, which is what we equip people here to do.”

8 Photo (L-R): Katrina del Lago, Fiona Hemstock

challenge to both laypeople and clergy by way of the question, “how do we help sustain the evangelistic ministry of the communities we are in?” He suggested that Barnabas’ own example promotes three ways of doing so. ◦◦ Discerning the activity of the Spirit already at work in the community – and to rejoice in that as a result! (Acts 11:23a) ◦◦ Being clear of what the first priority should be in the community – devotion to the Lord. Whilst it seems obvious, this is something that is often tragically forgotten. (Acts 11:23b) ◦◦ Demonstrating the reality of the gospel by the way of living. St Barnabas is described as good and is in fact the only person described as such in the book of Acts. The significance of this shouldn’t be overstated, but it is clear that Barnabas lived in line with the gospel he was commissioned to proclaim. (Acts 11:24) The Eucharist concluded shortly thereafter and was followed by a delicious catered lunch. With over 30 people in attendance, it made for a lovely interlude, acting as a reminder of the goodness of God and God’s many blessings to the College and its community.

Bishop Keith Rayner celebrates Golden Jubilee

Photo: Bishop Keith Rayner presciding at his Golden Jubilee service

Hundreds gathered at St Peter’s Cathedral on 24 June 2019 to celebrate the golden jubilee of The Right Rev’d Dr Keith Rayner AO’s consecration as a bishop. Bishop Rayner presided over the Sung Eucharist, which was attended by family, friends and colleagues, many of who had travelled from interstate to mark the occasion. Delivering the evening’s sermon was Bishop of Wangaratta Garry Weatherill who spoke about Bishop Rayner’s impact on the Anglican Church in Australia, “Keith’s been a wonderful example to the bishops of our church, what it means to be somebody who acts with authority and who relinquishes control… Thank you, Keith, for being like John the Baptist, a strong, loving, wise leader someone who spoke

and lived with authority, and one who never pointed to himself, but always and still pointed to Jesus.” Born in 1929 and educated at the Church of England Grammar School in Brisbane, He first served the chaplin at St Francis’ Theological College in Brisbane after being ordained priest in 1953.

spite of his unworthiness.” Bishop Rayner will celebrate another major milestone when he turns 90 on 22 November.

Bishop Rayner was consecrated as the bishop of Wangaratta in 1969, going on to serve as Archbishop of Adelaide from 1975 to 1989 and Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of Australia from 1990 to 1999. Looking back over the years, Bishop Rayner addressed the gathering saying, “Not many bishops see their golden jubilee”, humbly commenting that, “A man is called to this location not because he is worthy. He is called in

Photos (L-R): Bishop Rayner administering communion. With children (L-R) Jill, Christopher and Phillipa, and wife, Audrey. Enthronement as Archbishop of Adelaide, 1973



St Peter’s Cathedral: One Hundred and Fifty Years Young by The Very Rev’d Frank Nelson Could Bishop Augustus Short possibly have imagined today’s St Peter’s Cathedral when he laid the foundation stone one hundred and fifty years ago? The building has changed little since its completion, giving to Adelaide a beautiful and iconic building, its spires soaring over the parklands. The Cathedral, however, is far more than the sum of the stones, timber and stained glass. It is more than the generosity of benefactors through the years. It is a sacred space, with worship as its heartbeat.

Sacred Space: Worship From the quiet early morning weekday Eucharists to the grand occasions marking the great Christian festivals, the Cathedral is a sacred space of worship. The Cathedral Choir (formed in 1876) sings three choral services a week, embracing the exciting traditions of Anglican choral music which continue to grow and develop. Today’s Choir is very different from the early days of exclusively boys and men (mostly Anglo). Reflecting the diversity of today’s congregations, both choir and serving teams include girls and boys, men and women, from a wide range of cultures and languages.


As Mother Church of the Diocese, the Cathedral hosts numerous ‘special’ services which gather the Diocese together for synod, ordinations and chrism Eucharists as well as hosting annual services for St Barnabas College, the Mothers’ Union, and our Anglican Schools.

Thinking Space: Conversation and Education A not uncommon comment from people is that they do not have to ‘leave their brains at the door’. A team of preachers ensures that a wide range of preaching styles is offered while the use of the Revised Common Lectionary prods preachers to move beyond their favourite biblical texts and themes and explore what are sometimes challenging and uncomfortable passages. A ‘ladder’ approach is taken to Christian Education, recognizing that people are at different stages in their faith development and so have different needs. For those new to faith, the Pilgrim course offers preparation leading to baptism and confirmation. Regular book and film studies stimulate conversation and transformation. Education for Ministry (EfM) offers rigorous study of scripture, Church history and theology. Occasional preaching series and lectures bring faith

matters into the public square. The building itself has its own educational value, as those who avail

The building itself has its own educational value, as those who avail themselves of the regular weekly tours discover. themselves of the regular weekly tours discover. With over a hundred special focus tours booked each year Cathedral Tour Guides are a fount of knowledge on architecture, stained glass windows, fabric and liturgical vestments and stories of the people who have been the living stones.

Generous Space: Gracious Hospitality From people of deep faith to those of none, all find a welcome at the Cathedral, open daily 9.30am – 4.00pm. The pin-maps are a firm favourite with tourists from across the world. eagerly seeking out their town or village and making their mark. The Cathedral is a venue for concerts suiting a range of musical styles and tastes. Art shows, poster and photographic exhibitions draw attention to the creative spirit of humankind

Photos (L-R): Half-finished Cathedral in sheep paddock c. 1880s, Worship on Pentecost Sunday, Palm Sunday Procession to the Cathedral

reflecting the joys and tragedies of our world. Cathedrals lend themselves to being spaces of both lament and celebration. In the week after Easter 2019 members of the Sri Lankan community knelt in silent vigil, lighting candles and weeping for loved ones back home. The following day hundreds of Adelaideans poured through the doors following the ANZAC Day parade – enjoying a much-needed coffee and Anzac biscuit provided by the Friends of the Cathedral, and exploring ‘their’ cathedral. Each February MPs gather to pray before the opening of the parliamentary year.

Transforming Space: Outreach to City and State The Cathedral, however, is far more than the sum of the stones, timber and stained glass. It is more than the generosity of benefactors through the years. It is a sacred space, with worship as its heartbeat

“Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” With these words worshipers are sent out of the Cathedral into the world. And off they go, to live as God’s people in their ‘day jobs’ as teacher, nurse, lawyer, carpenter, engineer, parent, student, volunteer. It’s the combination of worship, education and open door, the focus on loving God and neighbour, that moves people to care – for other

people both near and far as well as the environment in all its glorious complexity. An iconic part of the Adelaide skyline, who can really tell how the twin spires speak to those who watch the cricket

An iconic part of the Adelaide skyline... Clergy and lay people regularly enjoy conversations with people who have been touched, often years before, by some aspect of St Peter’s Cathedral. ‘from the Cathedral end’, who see the backdrop behind the newsreader or take numerous photos to post on social media? Clergy and lay people regularly enjoy conversations with people who have been touched, often years before, by some aspect of St Peter’s Cathedral – during time spent in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, a long ago school carol service, a funeral or wedding, hearing the bells, or simply walking past on the way to work. People frequently express a sense of ‘coming home’.

Imagining Space: the Future “Celebrating the Past – Imagining the Future” is the tagline for Festival 150, with celebrations throughout 2019. But what of the future? Is there indeed a future for sacred spaces such as St Peter’s Cathedral? Bishop Jeremy Greaves (July 28) and Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy (August 25) will

be offering their take on this vital and intriguing question. A workshop in September will engage in imagining the future of our planet and environment as we consider the ‘Beauty of the Earth’. In 2018 Stage 1 of a major and long term Conservation Project was begun. This will only be achieved if the generosity of the past is repeated in our times. Of one thing I have no doubt at all. If St Peter’s Cathedral remains true to its central core business – the worship of God – there will be a future. Quite what it will look like remains an open question.

Patronal Festival St Peter’s Cathedral marked the 150th anniversary of the laying of its foundation stone during its Patronal Festival from 28 to 30 June, which is part of the yearlong calendar of events making up the Festival 150. It was on St Peter’s Day, 29 June 1869, that Bishop Augustus Short laid the stone that was the foundation for what has become an intrinsic part of the Adelaide skyline, and the modern-day Cathedral made certain the occasion was celebrated in style, which included the unveiling of a new “commemoration” stone. The festivities began informally on Friday morning as ABC Radio Adelaide broadcast its morning show live from inside the iconic structure, which provided opportunity for workers and volunteers to share some of the more interesting chapters of the building’s weird and wonderful story. Formal proceedings kicked off on Friday evening with a civic reception at the Adelaide Town Hall, before the city was serenaded on Saturday for five and a half hours by the sounds of the Cathedral bells, as a team from England unsuccessfully attempted a record bellringing performance. The weekend’s celebrations concluded on Sunday with three services, the final a “formal” Diocesan Evensong, after which Cathedral Dean, Frank Nelson commented, “We are privileged to have been bequeathed this beautiful building, a sacred space where all are welcomed, where the praises of God are sung, where people come to faith in Jesus Christ, where the very architecture, stained glass windows and carvings, even the smell – says something about the holy.”




Bush Church Aid Celebrates 100 Years of “Going the Distance” Dozens packed the hall at Trinity Church Adelaide on 13 June for a dinner to celebrate the centenary of the Bush Church Aid Society (BCA). Guests were treated to a three-course meal, which included such country classics as savoury mince and apricot chicken, while listening to stories of BCA’s pioneering past, its current challenges and its plans for the future. The Bush Church Aid Society was founded on 26 May 1919 at a small gathering in the Chapter Hall of St Andrew’s Cathedral Sydney, with an aim to provide pastoral and spiritual care for the original inhabitants and new settlers in remote areas of Australia. Since then, in partnership with Anglican Dioceses across the country, many have committed themselves to go the distance to “reach Australia for Christ”. BCA “field staffer” Daniel Faricy, who is currently based in Kununurra, spoke to the gathering of his young family’s journey to partner with BCA, and their move from the familiarity of the Blue

Photo: Guest Speaker: Daniel Faricy, BCA Field Staff, Kununurra

Mountains just west of Sydney, to the remote and isolated West Australian farming town. Following the evening’s formalities, guests were treated to a musical

performance of a suite of songs inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien that encapsulated the adventurous spirit shown by BCA over the past one hundred years.

BCA Centenary Prayer Almighty and gracious God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We praise you for planting your fruitful word in this land over many generations, through many different ministries, and we rejoice that many Australians have found new life through faith in Jesus. Today we especially thank you for your faithfulness in sustaining the work of the Bush Church Aid Society over the past one hundred years. We grieve that we have not always shown your love and truth in our common life. We recognise the injustices done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and ask that you would help us walk together as one, reconciled through Christ. Please continue to pour out your Spirit on your church, so that we might reach Australia for Christ. Raise up many labourers and empower us to be your witnesses, so that this nation would worship its true Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, In whose name we pray, Amen

Climate award for World Council of Churches youth project [ACNS by Rachel Farmer] An interchurch project supporting young people engaged in climate change initiatives through church-run schools, Sunday schools and summer camps has won an international award for tackling climate change. The World Council of Churches (WCC) project was set up through Churches’ Commitments to Children, which is a partnership between the WCC and UNICEF. As one of 10 winners in the 2019 Keeling Curve Prize in the social and cultural impacts category, the WCC project will receive $25,000 USD. The Keeling Prize judges said: “we are


encouraged by high quality of the work we saw during the selection process, and we look forward to hearing many success stories from these groups in the future.” The WCC’s winning project provides churches around the world with the tools and know-how to enable effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through youth engagement initiatives, with a focus on influencing policies and legislation, and promoting good practices. By January 2020, the WCC aims to have 50 per cent of its constituency with activities in place that build the capacity of young people to act as climate activists and measure the footprint of their community and key

institutions. The prize acknowledges the achievement in “driving cultural awareness to encourage individuals and groups to promote high regard for the quality of life for all”. An international panel of judges from the private, public and non-profit sectors chose the winners from almost 150 applications from all over the world. Founding director of the Keeling Curve Prize, Jacquelyn Francis, said: “we need a diversity of approaches so that we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, remove them from our atmosphere, and protect our planet.”

The Rev’d Dr Tim Patrick launched his book Anglican Foundations: A Handbook to the Source Documents of the English Reformation at an event hosted by St Bartholemew’s Anglican Church Norwood on Wednesday 29 May.

through into a whole suite of different documents that spoke to different parts of the life of the church.”

“The Anglican Church can only benefit from a fuller understanding of its own documentary heritage. Anglican Foundations is an unparalleled resource that offers students, ordinands, and all committed Anglicans the ideal orientation to the doctrinal texts of the English Reformation.”

The book came about through a desire Tim had to remedy the all-too-common misconception that the Reformation doctrine of the Church of England was wholly contained within the Book of Common Prayer and Thirty-nine Articles, “What I’d hoped… was that (the book) would help us to embrace our history. The Anglican Church has a long history now, some 500 or so years, and it saddens me that we don’t know it, because it’s a very rich and very important history.” In Anglican Foundations: A Handbook to the Source Documents of the English Reformation, Tim introduces the full suite of the Church of England’s original doctrinally-defining documents, “What we have here is a snapshot of what our doctrine was in the birth of the Reformation. Not just the “Thirty-nine Articles”, but doctrine that carried

of the foundation of our church. We are tasked to build for the future in our context, by building on this firm foundation. I think this is a really helpful and worthwhile book, and I thank you, Tim, for writing it.”

Anglican Foundations: A Handbook to the Source Documents of the English Reformation is available for purchase via anglican-foundations or through Amazon

Archbishop Geoffrey Smith was invited to start the night’s proceedings and lent his recommendation to the book saying, “I think Anglican Foundations is a great title. The documents, the struggle and commitment that lies behind them, form an impalpable part

The Rev’d Dr Tim Patrick trained and worked as a scientist before studying theology. Tim researched eschatology in the English Reformation for his doctorate and is currently the Principal of the Bible College of South Australia.

Church of England Launch New Set of Social Media guidelines The Church of England recently launched the following set of social media community guidelines that they hope will lead to online conversations that reflect (the church’s) values: Be safe. The safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults must be maintained. Be respectful. Do not post or share content that is sexually explicit, inflammatory, hateful, abusive, threatening or otherwise disrespectful. Be kind. Treat others how you would wish to be treated and assume the best in people. If you have a criticism or critique to make, consider not just whether you would say it in person, but the tone you would use.

Be honest. Don’t mislead people about who you are. Take responsibility. You are accountable for the things you do, say and write. Text and images shared can be public and permanent, even with privacy settings in place. If you’re not sure, don’t post it. Be a good ambassador. Personal and professional life can easily become blurred online so think before you post.

to release sensitive or confidential information and always question the source of any content you are considering amplifying. Follow the rules. Abide by the terms and conditions of the various social media platforms themselves. If you see a comment that you believe breaks their policies, then please report it to the respective company.

Disagree well. Some conversations can be places of robust disagreement and it’s important we apply our values in the way we express them.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby expressed a desire to see Christians engage with “truth, kindness and welcome” in the online space by adhering to the suggested guidelines.

Credit others. Acknowledge the work of others. Respect copyright and always credit where it is due. Be careful not

For more go to www.churchofengland. org/terms-and-conditions/our-socialmedia-community-guidelines



New Book Takes In Depth Look At Our Anglican Foundations


Christobel Mattingley (1931 - 2019) by Bishop Chris McLeod It was with great sadness that one of Australia’s most loved authors, and one of the Diocese of Adelaide’s faithful members, passed away on 1 June 2019, aged 87 years. Christobel, with her late husband David, had been a parishioner of St David’s, Burnside for many years. It was at St David’s, where I was an assistant curate (1991 -1994) that I, with my family, got to know Christobel and David. Christobel was a very devout and deeply committed Christian. She was most prayerful; praying for world concerns, and for those she knew and loved, with deep conviction. Christobel came to prominence as an author of children’s books. She wrote over 50 books with 47 of them being children’s works. However, we would sell her short if we just regarded her books for young people as trivial. Her book, ‘No Gun of Asmir’ (Penguin, 1993), deals with the conflicts of the Bosnian war, displaced persons, and the quest for family and peace. ‘No Guns for Asmir’ received a commendation in the 1994 Human Rights Awards. Issues of compassion and justice were very close to Christobel’s heart, and

permeated her works. The Rev’d Martin Bleby mentioned in his sermon at her funeral, that Christobel’s passion for justice sprung from a deep well of biblical truth. Christobel’s large heart and compassion were born from her deep faith. It wasn’t an adjunct. Her passion for justice was an essential part of her Christian life.

another remarkable book, and reflects Christobel’s commitment to the First Peoples of Australia.

It is with issues around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice that Christobel was a tireless campaigner. Christobel once said to me that over 60,000 years of continual occupation of Australia by its First Peoples has got be worth something. To which I could only answer, ‘Amen’.

Christobel also supported many individual families through prayer and other means. Christobel was well recognised for her service to literature and the community, being made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature and social justice in 1996. In 1987 the City of South Perth inaugurated the annual ‘Christobel Mattingley Awards for Young Writers’.

The book ‘Survival In Our Own Land: ‘Aboriginal’ experiences in ‘South Australia’ since 1836 (told by Nungas and others, Wakefield, 1988), researched by Christobel with Ken Hampton, the Diocese of Adelaide’s first Aboriginal deacon, is truly an important work, and it must find read by every Adelaide Anglican. One of her most recent works ‘Our Mob, God’s Story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists share their faith’ (Bible Society Australia, 2017), researched and edited with Louise Sherman of the Bible Society, is

Christobel was incredibly generous, financially supporting a number of organisations: The Bible Society, the Anglican Board of Mission, and Bush Church Aid, to name a few.

She was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of South Australia in 1995, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters of the University of Tasmania in 2015. In February this year, Christobel was awarded Honorary Membership of the ‘Children’s Book Council of Australia’, South Australian branch. Two years ago, almost to the day, Christobel’s beloved husband, David, passed away on the 2nd of June, 2017. David was a fascinating person in his own right. A World War 2 Lancaster Bomber pilot and war hero, and then master at Prince Alfred College. He is the subject of Christobel’s book ‘Battle Order 204’ (Allen & Unwin, 2007). David was the love of Christobel’s life, and they were extremely supportive of each other. She missed him deeply. Christobel and David are survived by their three children, Rosemary, Christopher, and Stephen. Christobel would want us to remember her, but more so the things that mattered to her most: her Christian faith, and a faith that found its expression in action - ‘to be doers of the word and not hearers only…’ (James 1: 22).



Film Review:

Toy Story 4 A Charming Addition to the Toy Story Franchise Josh Cooley makes his feature film directorial debut in the highly anticipated Toy Story 4. Before Toy Story 4, Cooley worked at Pixar as a storyboard artist and then a short film director where he claimed some notable credits including Inside Out spinoff Riley’s First Date. Like its predecessors, Toy Story 4 is a heart-warming tale of the relationship between children and their toys, with Woody and Buzz again central to proceedings. Picking up where Toy Story 3 left off, Bonnie (having been gifted previous owner Andy’s well loved toy collection), takes off on a family road trip, toys in tow, leading to all sorts of (mis) adventure for Buzz, Woody & co. The latest addition to the collection of toys is Forky, who was created by Bonnie at her first day at childcare. Forky experiences something of an existential crisis as he questions his worth, after discovering he was made out of materials from the trash. Caught in the midst of his identity crisis, Forky goes AWOL, leaving Woody and the gang to carry out a rip roaring search and rescue mission.. Forky brings about a lot of laughs, and Tony Hale (Arrested Development) is a wonderful inclusion to the star studded ensemble that already consists of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Keanu Reeves, Mel

Brooks and Christina Hendricks. The themes explored tread similar ground to its predecessors, with the fourth installment of the Toy Story franchise again looking at ideas of growing up and being able to let go and move on. And, as always, it shows the importance of toys in children’s lives, and the way they are loved and cared for by little ones. This is perhaps best highligted toward the end of the film, through an old doll named Gabby Gabby. Gabby has spent her entire life in an antique store, unloved, but finally gets the chance to help a lost child feel better. Like the rest of the series, the music for Toy Story 4 was scored and performed by the inimitable Randy Newman Randy’s work on the Toy Story series has impacted it in a way that has made the franchise more memorable - You’ve Got a Friend in Me, anyone?! And while most of the music from Toy Story 4 has been used in the previous films, it will bring about a joyous sense of nostalgia for those who have been following the series for the past two and a half decades. Pixar continue to outdo themselves when it comes to advancing 3D animation, and what struck this reviewer was the the regard paid to lighting each of the scenes. The attention to detail in this area is so specific and careful, which helps to bring an extra dimension to the drama playing out on screen.

Toy Story 4 is a charming, timeless journey that will be celebrated through generations like its predecessors,and it’s a fulfilling conclusion to the Toy Story series. Director Josh Cooley has done a great job in his directorial debut. Review by Matthew Bourne (Year 11 work experience student from Concordia College)

Star rating out of 5

Safe Ministry Unit Launches New Application Process The Adelaide Diocese’s Safe Ministry Unit recently unvelied a host of changes to the Safe Ministry clearance application process. The updates, which include the introduction of an online application system, automated email receipts and reminders for when applications have been lodged or clearances are due to expire, and new logo and website, have been implemented to make the Safe Ministry application process more efficient. The updates to the Safe Ministry application process coincide with the South Australian State Government’s Working with Children Check, which came into effect on 1 July.



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