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February 24 2017
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Doing Theology Together I

In the Image and Likeness of God: Being Human
Date:     Thursday 02 March  2017
Time:    9.00am – 3.30pm
            (Registration open from 8.30am). 
Venue: Wollaston Conference Centre,
            5 Wollaston Road, Mount Claremont
Cost:    $50 (includes morning tea and lunch)
In 2015 the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue released In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-filled Anthropology (the ‘Buffalo Statement’ – so called because it was launched in Buffalo, NY, USA).  Archbishop Roger Herft was the Anglican Co-Chair of the Commission as it worked on and released this document.  It offers rich resources for thinking theologically about what it means to be a human person, and will be followed by a second report exploring the ‘practical consequences that follow from the theological presuppositions’ set forward in this document.
You are, therefore, invited to a day of joint reflection and discussion of In the Image and Likeness of God.  We will discuss what it means to be human, what constitutes human person and how a human person’s true calling is found in the worship of the Triune God – amongst other things.
In order to get the most out of the day, participants are encouraged to read “In the image and likeness of God:  A Hope-filled Anthropology” (The Buffalo Statement agreed by the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue – 2015).  That statement is available here:  or copies of the book can purchased from Wollaston Theological College for $10 per copy.
To register for the day and for more information: W:  or contact Barbara McDonald  T: (08)  9425 7272
The difficulty of doing good

Date:    Friday 03 March 2017
Time:   7:30 - 9:30pm
Cost:     $30 Adults/ $25 Concession
Venue: Church of the Resurrection
             150 Shenton Road, Swanbourne

The second of the annual series of talks on public issues. The speaker for this second evening in the series is the Hon Fred Chaney AO, who will be speaking on the ‘The Difficulty of Doing Good’, from his extensive experience in public policy, both in national politics and as a significant member of the National Native Title Tribunal. To read more:

An invitation to begin Lent

Spend a Day in the Desert with Desert Mothers and Fathers - guided by John Dunnill

Lenten Quiet Day at Wollaston – the first of the Tree of Life

Saturdays Exploring the Spiritual Life Series 2017

Date:    Saturday 04 March  2017
Time:    9.30am –3.30pm
Venue: Wollaston Conference Centre,
            5 Wollaston Road, Mount Claremont
Cost:    $40 (Concession $35) 
            Bring your own lunch
Registration:  The Venerable Michael Pennington :  or T:  9332 7221
For further details W:
Order of St Luke the Physician Healing Ministries

Date:     Sunday 05 March  2017
Time:    4.00pm
Venue: Anglican Church of Holy Cross,
            56 McLean Street, Melville 
Topic:   The Challenge of ageing and healing
All are welcome. For information please call Chaplain:
T:            0438 935 164

Parish of Claremont Lent Course

‘The Five Wounds of Christ”
HEAD: ‘And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head’ 
John 19.2 
The Reverend Dr John Shepherd,
formerly Dean of Perth

Date:    Thursday 09 March  2017
Time:    7.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue:  Mary Lockett Hall, Cnr Stirling Highway
             and Queenslea Drive, Claremont
FEET: ‘She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair.’ 
Luke 7.38
The Reverend Ryan Green,
PhD student, Vicar-elect of All Saints,
Hove, Diocese of Chichester
Date:    Thursday 16 March  2017
Time:    7.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Mary Lockett Hall, Cnr Stirling Highway
             and Queenslea Drive, Claremont
HAND (of healing): ‘He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” 
Matthew 8.3
The Right Reverend Jeremy James,
Assistant Bishop of Perth
Date:    Thursday 23 March  2017
Time:    7.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Mary Lockett Hall, Cnr Stirling Highway
             and Queenslea Drive, Claremont
HAND (of censure): ‘Making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle.  He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.’   
John 2.15
The Most Reverend Dr Peter Carnley,
formerly Archbishop of Perth
Date:    Thursday 30 March 2017
Time:    7.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Mary Lockett Hall, Cnr Stirling Highway
            and Queenslea Drive, Claremont
SIDE: ‘One of the soldiers pierces his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.’ 
John 19.4
Monsignor Kevin Long, Parish Priest,
St Joseph’s, Subiaco
Date:    Thursday 06 April  2017
Time:    7.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue:  Mary Lockett Hall, Cnr Stirling Highway
             and Queenslea Drive, Claremont
For more information please contact T:  9384 9244
Theology for non-theologians
Date:    Saturday 11 March  2017
Time:    9.30am – 12.30pm
            (Registration open from 9.00am). 
Venue: Wollaston Conference Centre,
            5 Wollaston Road, Mount Claremont
Cost:    $35 (Morning tea provided)
A three-hour interactive session Demystifying Theology.
Demystify: ‘to remove the aura of mystery or strangeness from’.
Theology: from the Greek theologia. ‘Literally the science of the divine, or of discourse about God’.
This interactive session will explore the basics of theology - how we talk about God - in a non-academic way. We will look at why we study theology, and discuss what is, and what isn’t, theology. We’ll use everyday language as we look at different types of theology.  There will be input but this will not be a lecture. The aim of the session is to better equip participants to engage in further theological discussions.
To register for the day and for more information, contact Barbara McDonald
T:   (08)  9425 7272
Public Lecture Series at Murdoch University 
Religion, Violence, and a Vision for Twenty-first Century Civilization- how might our world and the societies within it be healthily plural?
Please click here for further details:
Mission as Listening    
Date:     Monday  27 March 2017
Time:    5.30pm – 7.00pm
Venue:  Burt Hall at St George’s Cathedral,
             St George’s Terrace, Perth
Cost:     $10 ($5 unwaged)  
             (donation to cover costs)
Pope Francis has titled his address for the 50th World Day of Peace, “Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace”. At the heart of nonviolence is listening. Can we imagine a church which has a reputation for being the most compassionate, most engaged listeners in the community and which embodies the practice of peace in all aspects of life, in families, communities and workplaces?  You are invited to a workshop/conversation to explore how churches can equip themselves for listening as a way of practical peacemaking ministry, nonviolence and reconciliation. The workshop will provide some simple resources which can be used immediately, including freely available on-line materials, as well as some creative dreaming about how to engage local communities using processes like Open Space Technology, Listening Cafes and Listening Circles.
Sponsored by Michael Wood (Coach/Facilitator and Anglican Chaplain to the University of Western Australia) and Brendan McKeague (Peace Practitioner and co-founder of ‘The Conflict Company’ and ‘Nonviolent Interfaith Leadership Program).
RSVP: Michael Wood
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Date:     Friday 31 March 2017 
Time:    9.30am to 4.00pm  
             Morning and afternoon teas
             and lunch provided
Venue:  St. Catherine’s College,
              2 Park Road, Crawley 6009
Cost:     $110 (Incl. GST)

The speakers at this symposium will present different entry points to the cycle of child sexual abuse (CSA). 

Participants will be invited to ask questions and discuss the presentations under the direction of the Chief Justice of W.A. 

To read more:
Godly Play Core Training 2017

Dates:    Saturday 22 April, 9.00am – 6.00pm
              Sunday 23 April 11.00am-6.00pm
              Monday 24 April, 9.00am – 6.00pm
 Venue:  St Columba’s Anglican Church,
               150 Northstead Street,
Cost:      $400 (includes lunch and refreshments)
Godly Play Core Training is an intensive three-day program which introduces participants to the principles and practice of Godly Play. It includes a balance of teaching, reflection and practice. In this three-day course, participants are immersed in Godly Play practice, and learn and tell a story for supportive feedback.
In this time two accredited trainers will work with the group to provide information and experience of the three genres of stories in Godly Play, the role of the storyteller, the role of the doorperson, the Godly Play space, materials, response time, spirituality of the child, forming and maintaining a respectful story circle community, the history and practice of Godly Play and much more. The core training required to achieve accreditation as a storyteller/doorperson takes three days. All three days and each session must be attended to achieve accreditation. Suitable for parish workers, teachers, chaplains and clergy, community workers, those employed in hospitals, age care or correctional services; and those hoping to use Godly Play in the life of their family.
If you have further questions, please contact The Reverend Chris Bedding on or
T: (08) 9299 7274. 
As places are limited, please register as soon as possible by visiting or contacting Barbara McDonald at Wollaston Theological College T: (08)  9425 7272
Knowing yourself with the Enneagram

An Introductory Workshop led by Tess Milne
Date:     Saturday 06 May   2017
Time:    9.30am –3.00pm
Venue:  Wollaston Conference Centre,
             5 Wollaston Road, Mount Claremont
Cost:     $40 (Concession $35) 
             Bring your own lunch
The Enneagram is an ancient yet modern tool for self-understanding and transformation.  It identifies the key driving force of our personality and how this energy is paradoxically both our gift and our stumbling block to our wholeness and vitality as people.  The workshop will provide an overview of the 9 personality types of the Ennegram.
The Venerable Michael Pennington:  or T:  9332 7221
For further details

The dates for the 2017 Diocesan Clergy Retreats have been set.  The retreats are:
Rural Clergy Retreat

Date:     30 April-4 May 2017
Venue:   New Norcia Monastery Guesthouse
Cost:      $260 plus travel
              Self-directed retreat
New Norcia  Retreat

Date:     11-15 September 2017
Venue:  New Norcia Monastery Guesthouse
Cost:      $260 plus travel
              Self-directed retreat
Please register for these retreats online at
For any queries, please contact Melanie Hare at Diocesan Office T:  9325 7455 or email:

Clergy School 2017 – save the date!

Date:   19 – 22 June 2017
Venue: Quality Inn, Margaret River
Keynote Speaker:  Professor Andrew McGowan
Bible Study Leader:
The Reverend Dr Sarah Bachelard    
Aliens and Strangers ‘I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison, and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.’ Some have deemed this well-known quote from Francis Cardinal George a little alarmist, and perhaps it is. There is, however, no avoiding the fact that as our culture continues to secularise, the church is increasingly being pushed further to the margins. We can’t rely upon the cultural capital that we have traded on in the past; in some cases, we can’t even rely upon a general feeling of goodwill. Our identity as aliens and strangers in the world is something we can only expect to feel more keenly.
And so the question is: how will we inhabit that space faithfully? How will we continue to bear costly witness from the margins? How will we maintain our strange identity as citizens of another Country, while speaking of that Country to neighbours who have never heard of it, or who are disinterested in it, or who despise it, and yet who continue to feel, as Chesterton put it, “homesick while at home”?
Fortunately, our time is not the first in which the Church has had to engage with these questions. Indeed, it has been engaging with them from its beginning. Come to clergy school to engage scripture and the tradition, and consider what it means for us to be aliens and strangers in 21st century Australia.
More details to follow in due course.

Prayers for the Archbishop Election Process.

To access prayers for the Archbishop Election Process which are suitable for use at intercessions, meetings, councils, boards, schools and other Anglican organisations, download them here from our website:

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Cathedral Events

A Day in the Spiritual Life of the Cathedral

Date:     Wednesday 08 March 2017
Time:    9.30am – 2.00pm  tea/ coffee/ muffins
Cost:     $12 (lunch included)
‘The Light is Tested (Lent) with The Reverend Alan Forsyth, Locum Tenens Priest at St Bart’s; poetry on the theme with Professor Christopher Wortham.  Followed by The Word of Life, Contemplative Prayer and Celtic Prayers in The Friends Room.

Enrolments close Tuesday 07 March. Enrolments to Bishop David Murray:
T: 9325 5766

Coffee, Prayers and Spirituality

Date:    Wednesday 22 March  2017
Time:    9.30am – 11.30am  tea/ coffee/ muffins
Cost:     $5
Spirituality and a New Heart with Dr Rob Labalestier, Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Enrolments close Monday 20 March Enrolments to Bishop David Murray:
T: 9325 5766

Upcoming Special Services at the Cathedral

Date:     Sunday 26 February 2017
Time:    5.00pm

Evensong of St David- Patron Saint of Wales.  We are joined by the Welsh Free Church, our neighbours on St Georges Terrace.  We sing much- loved Welsh hymns.

Date:     Wednesday 01 March 2017
              Ash Wednesday
Time:     6.30pm

Choral Eucharist with imposition of Ashes.  Music is sung by members of the Cathedral Consort

Date:     Sunday 12 March 2017
Time:    5.00pm

Commonwealth Observance-  Australians from the 52 countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, together with diplomatic representatives and representatives of WA’s faith communities, gather to pray for inclusiveness in the nations of the Commonwealth. All welcome.

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Discernment to the Ordained Ministry

In every generation the Church looks for those for whom Christ’s insistent call ‘disturbs their settled lives’.  On behalf of the Church, the Archbishop’s Examining Chaplains discern whether that call might be to ordained ministry.  
If there are members of your worshipping Community, school or agency who feel they might be called to ordained ministry please invite them to make contact with the diocesan Vocations Advocate, the Reverend Patrick King (
An Enquirers’ Programme will commence in early 2017, and there will be an Exploring Vocation day in July.

Wollaston Theological College – New Telephone Number

We would like to advise that, with immediate effect, the telephone number for
Wollaston Theological College has changed to
08 9425 7270.
 Day Centres for the Homeless

Communique to Parishes

If you know a homeless person struggling to find their way, get them in touch with a Day Centre. Staff at the Day Centre, for the short term, can accommodate and care for the person. In the Perth Metropolitan Area, these centres are the Ruah Day Centre, Tranby Day Centre, Entrypoint Perth, City of Perth Homeless Response and Passages Resource Centres.

For contact details and the full communique, click here:

Messenger Magazine Advertising Discount 

10% Discount on advertising your Easter services in the April edition of the Messenger.
Contact Nina at or 0420 277 684 for prices and more information.
All adverts due by the 10 March.

Free Pew Bibles
Dalkeith Anglican Church has 50 copies of Red “New International Version” pew bibles available free of charge.
To arrange pick up or for further information please contact Nerolie at or 9386 3675 Monday – Friday 8am-4pm.

St Bartholomew’s House has over 500 clients who it is working with to transition out of homelessness. If your Parish, or a group within your Church, or School would like to learn more about St Barts services to overcome homelessness please contact the Chaplain, the Reverend Ross Jones on 0423 209 565 or so that a date and time can be arranged.
Christ Church Grammar School Scholarships now available for Year 7, 2018
Further details please click here:
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Ministry Opportunities

Opportunities for Inspirational Leadership

The Anglican Diocese of Perth is looking to appoint staff to a number of children and youth ministry focused positions, working as part of the multi-disciplinary team of Wollaston Theological College.

Applications are to be made to
The Reverend Dr Gregory Seach
Warden, Wollaston Theological College
For further information, please see
or contact Lee-Ann Bok,

Children & Youth Missioner

A youth and/or children’s ministry professional with a background in leadership training and mentoring.

Children & Youth Missioner
(Faith Formation)

A professional educator with a background in working with children and youth, working in both school and community contexts.

Expressions of Interest are sought for:

Children & Youth Project Officers
Multiple Casual Positions

People with children and youth ministry experience who would be available to assist the College for specific project and event-based work.
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Clergy News


The Reverend Gift Makwasha
Rector, Joondalup
Thursday 16 March 2017 at 7.00pm
Grace Church, Cnr Grand Boulevard
and Shenton Avenue, Joondalup

The Venerable Lionel Snell
Council of Churches WA, delegate and Executive
01.01.17 - 31.12.17

The Reverend Jeni Goring
Council of Churches WA, delegate and Executive
01.01.17 - 31.12.17

The Reverend Timothy Russell
Archbishop’s Examining Chaplains

Locum Tenens

The Reverend Lynne Eastoe
05.02.17 - 31.08.17

The Reverend Jill Gleeson
21.02.17 - 31.08.17

The Reverend Terry Pickersgill
01.03.17 - 31.08.17

The Reverend Graeme Varvell
01.03.17 - 31.08.17

The Reverend Roger Morey
Shenton Park
01.03.17 - 31.08.17

The Reverend Cassandra Nixon
North Perth
01.03.17 - 31.08.17

Lay Appointment

Mrs Maggie Dunnill
Archbishop’s Examining Chaplains
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Churchsafe Training

Date:     Sunday 28 May 2017
Venue: Anglican Parish of Forrestfield, 9 Salix Way Forrestfield
Time:    Registration at 12:30

Commencement at 1pm (sharp) and concludes at 5:30pm   - Afternoon Tea provided

Plenty of parking and good wheelchair access.

The Sessions will include:
  • Professional Standards - Policies and Procedures;
  • The Royal Commission and ‘why Churches?
  • The Dynamics of Child Sexual Abuse;
  • Typology of offenders;
  • The Grooming Process;
  • Empowering Children.
Bookings can be made on-line at:  W:


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