General Synod:
I thank everyone for their prayers as the General Synod of our Church met on the Sunshine Coast last week. As with each Synod, the President, The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier presided over Synod. The Primate gave a detailed and challenging Presidential Address at the start of the Synod. Many Bills were passed and a number of motions were passed as well. To keep the Diocesan family informed I will address a number of the Bills and motions that were passed each week for the next few weeks on the reverse side of the Bulletin.

Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey:
As you are aware this survey is now underway. Those who can participate are those on the electoral roll by the 24th August, or those who have made a legitimate application by the 24th August.
Participation in the survey is voluntary. However, I encourage all eligible people to participate in the survey.

I want to stress, if there is to be change in the definition of marriage an act of parliament is still required.

Some people, both clergy and lay in the Diocese have asked, “Will clergy have to celebrate same sex marriage if the Act of Parliament is changed?’ The answer is no. The Church still holds that a marriage is between a man and a woman.

The Primate announced in his Presidential Address that it is his intention to vote No. I will be doing the same.

Clarity:
Whether we participate in the survey or not; whether we vote either yes or no, it is important that we treat all people with respect and courtesy at all times. We need to remember that we are all created in the image of God. It is also important that we have respectful discussions and not vilify people who hold different views. It is important that we reach out to all people no matter their sexual orientations.

The Reverend Helen Houghton:
Helen is my chaplain. Helen is also providing ministry at St. Matthew’s Mundingburra under my direction, as well as assisting in other parishes. We assure Helen of our prayers.

Prayers:
Bishop Hall Matthews is recovering well from hip surgery.
The Reverend Scott Hedley has undergone surgery and is waiting to hear about the next step in his healing.
Our Registrar, The Reverend Canon Sharon Hayston is waiting for further news re her treatment.
The Reverend Elisabeth Daniels is undergoing surgery this coming Wednesday.
I am aware that many of our folk across the Diocese are suffering with the flu and other illness.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF):
There have been some minor changes to the way applications may be made to the GCBF since we forwarded information back in June. Please find attached updated instructions for applications from Ministry Units for these grants.
Ministry Unit Grants Procedure.pdf

Reef and Beef:
For the first time since its inception two years ago, there is no edition of Reef and Beef for September. Unfortunately, the editor did not receive any articles for publication this month. The Reef and Beef is a valuable publication for the Diocese, so please ensure that your ministry unit or entity provide Fr Kenneth with articles and photographs on the various activities in your area by emailing to nqdiomag@gmail.com

Provincial Clergy Conference 2018:
Please see attached information regarding the Provincial Clergy Conference to be held at Sea World Resort Gold Coast from 30 July – 2 August 2018. Please note your diaries.
Flyer save the date.pdf
Church Calendar 2018
I believe that most ministry units receive the flyers for the Australian Anglican Church Calendars, however, if you have missed out, please find attached the order forms for the 2018 calendars.
Australian Anglican Church Calendar 2018.pdf

Catching up:
Having been on Long Service Leave and then at General Synod, I am only just catching up on the many emails
and correspondence. By this time next week, I hope to have caught up.

I assure you all of my prayers.
Yours in Christ

The Right Reverend William (Bill) Ray
Bishop of North Queensland

Sexual Abuse contact line: 1800 242 544 or 07 3835 2266


Points from the Presidential Address delivered by The Primate, The Archbishop of Melbourne, The Most Reverend Philip Freier:
(The Primate) commenced with these words of prayer from the Wontulp-Bi-Buya Indigenous Theology Working Group

Holy Father, God of Love,
You are the Creator of all things.
We acknowledge the pain and shame of our history and the sufferings of Our peoples,
and we ask your forgiveness.
We thank you for the survival of Indigenous cultures
Our hope is in you because you gave your Son Jesus
to reconcile the world to you.
We pray for your strength and grace to forgive, accept and love one another, as you love us and forgive and accept us in the sacrifice of your Son.
Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history so that we may build a better future for our Nation.
Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land. Help us to bring about spiritual and social change to improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities, especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to find true dignity and self-esteem by your Spirit.
May your power and love be the foundations on which we build our families,
our communities and our Nation, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“The pain and shame of our history”


The theme of the address was Lament.
The Archbishop apologised to all those who have been sexually abused in the Anglican Church of Australia. He lamented that it took the Royal Commission to really bring the Church to face our past and address this grave matter.

The Archbishop laments that the Government lost the opportunity on 27 May this year to honour our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, the 27th May being the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, approving that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people be included in the census and that the Commonwealth could make laws on their behalf.

The Archbishop lamented that Domestic Violence is an evil that exists and is hidden, including in Church families, in society. It is vital that the Church is proactive in seeking to assist people who fear for their safety, and pray for those who are abused.

The Archbishop laments that in our prosperous nation, 2.5 million Australians live in poverty. About 600,000 are children. Please pray for Anglicare and other organisations that reach out in the Name of Christ.

The Archbishop also addressed Euthanasia, Climate Change, Refugees, Same Sex Marriage and the demographics in modern Australia.

I would encourage you to read the whole address on:

https://www.anglican.org.au/data/GS17_News_Updates/Presidents_address-Final_4_September_2017.pdf

If you would like a hard copy forwarded to you, please contact my PA.

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