Domestic abuse leave available for clergy Members of clergy who are unable to perform their duties because they are experiencing domestic abuse will be able to seek a period of paid leave from July 1, after Synod unanimously passed the motion last month. Proposed by Archdeacon Kara Hartley (right) and seconded by the Rev Mark Tough, the motion sought an update to the guidelines for the remuneration of parish ministry staff in order The update to the parish to provide leave for clergy on this ministry staff guidelines will basis. It was recommended by allow assistance to be made the Domestic Violence Response available to ordained clergy. Monitoring Committee, headed Clergy will be paid the agreed by Canon Sandy Grant and stipend and allowances during Archdeacon Hartley. the period of domestic abuse A l t h o u g h t h e N a t io n al leave, or until a course of action Employment Standards allow can be mutually agreed upon for any employee to receive – an approach that mirrors the five days of unpaid leave provision of leave for sickness annually, ordained ministry or accident. staff technically do not fall into There is no period of leave this category as they are not specified in the guidelines. employees – rather, they are Each parish and member of the “officeholders”. clergy can discuss and agree on The Diocese’s domestic abuse an appropriate amount of leave policy explains that “domestic that takes into account the needs abuse includes, but is not limited of both parties. to, emotional, verbal, social, If a member of the clergy does economic, psychological, spiritual, find themselves a victim of abuse, physical and sexual abuse. Such they can contact the chaplain of behaviours often seek to control, the Professional Standards Unit, humiliate, dominate or instill fear their bishop, the Archdeacon for into the victim.” Women, or Anglicare. SC
grandparent conference Leaving a Living Legacy
2nd and 3rd September 2021 Grandparents are the footsteps for future generations
Grandparents hold the potential to instil in future generations a foundation of love and faith. A growing number of grandparents and ministry leaders believe the time is now to be equipped and encouraged to grab hold of this potential and leave a living legacy for their grandchildren. The National Grandparent Conference is a two day conference, with a focus on equipping grandparents. Both days are unique, cover different topics, and feature an exceptional list of speakers, including trailblazer for truth and relationships, Josh McDowell. Due to travel restrictions, Josh will share via video link.
2nd and 3rd September 2021 9am-4:30pm, Thursday & Friday
Figtree Anglican Church 4-10 Gibsons Road, Figtree NSW 2525
REGISTER In person and online attendance options available.
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