A Cross the Waters

Canterbury Cross Hand OverA Canterbury Cross, a symbol of unity within the Anglican Communion has returned to St. David’s Cathedral after 60 years through a couple of chance conversations and generosity.

In 1932 a Canterbury Cross carved from stone pieces from Canterbury Cathedral, UK, was sent to every Anglican Cathedral in the world as an expression of unity. Canterbury is the spiritual home of the Anglican Communion. The Canterbury Cross at St. David’s was stolen in the mid 1950’s and so that symbolic connection was broken.

The Dean of Hobart, The Very Rev’d Richard Humphrey, when visiting Canterbury in 2012 mentioned this loss to a member of staff who suggested asking for a new one. Canterbury Cathedral was happy to provide a cross although it would take time and transport would need to be arranged.

Three years on and the cross was ready. The Dean happened to mention this to Graham Reeve, a Qantas pilot, who volunteered, with Qantas agreement, to pick it up and deliver it.

So in late January the Canterbury Cross was entrusted to Graham by the Dean of Canterbury, The Very Rev’d Dr Robert Willis, in the presence of The Most Reverend Philip Freier, Anglican Primate of Australia, and former Cathedral staff The Rev’ds Will & Gill Briggs. Graham will present the cross to the Dean this Sunday (January 31st) at 9.45am and then to the congregation of the Cathedral in the 10am service.

The Dean of Hobart commented “There is no greater symbol of unity in the Christian Church than the Cross of Jesus so we are grateful for the gift of a Canterbury Cross and the generosity of those who have enabled us to receive it.”

(In the picture above you can also see the section of Canterbury Cathedral where the stone was removed from before being sculpted.)

We’re looking for a new staff member.

Cathedral ProportionsIf you’d like to have this as your view from your work place then perhaps you might be our new Precentor/ Director of Music.

We are looking for someone to participate in the Cathedral’s mission of proclaiming Jesus as Lord in the Heart of Hobart to build a community of living faith, profound hope and practical love, particularly to facilitate the delivery of excellent public worship services.

A position description and application details can be found here.

Family Violence/ Domestic

Domestic-violence-007This important motion on Family Violence/ Domestic Abuse was passed at the Synod of the Diocese of Tasmania in June 2015.

We pray that it will encourage ongoing discussion and debate as well as enabling out church communities and leaders to be better resourced.

That this Synod,

  • deplores the horrific levels of family violence in the Tasmanian Community,
  • grieves with those who have suffered the pain and trauma of any form of domestic abuse,
  • recognises that such abuse occurs within the Christian community and the congregations of the Diocese of Tasmania,
  • maintains that family violence is absolutely unacceptable in any circumstance, and
  • commits the Diocese of Tasmania to work to changing community values from those which allow this abuse to occur to those which foster respectful and safe relationships.

Further this Synod urges the Bishop to

  • further use the office of the Bishop to raise awareness of family violence and all forms of domestic abuse,
  • ensure that copies of “Responding to domestic abuse: Guidelines for those with pastoral responsibilities”, (Church of England, 2006) and other suitable materials are made available to Anglican organisations and parishes (clergy, pastoral workers and members of Parish Council) within the Diocese of Tasmania to facilitate a culture of awareness in organisations, parishes and parish leadership, and
  • seek responses from Anglican organisations and parishes on this material so that within 12 months a resource for the Tasmanian Church can be prepared thereby
  1. ensuring that clergy and pastoral workers are adequately equipped and resourced to respond to family violence and all forms of domestic abuse,
  2. implementing protocols and standards for pastoral, parochial and organisational responses to family violence and all forms of domestic abuse.

Farming God’s Way – Kitgum (Uganda)

We are excited to announce our Farming God’s Way Project in Kitgum Uganda in partnership with the Diocese of Kitgum (Church of Uganda) and Anglican Aid.  The aim is to raise $50,000 over 3 years ($17,000 a year) to help people in this part of Northern Uganda which has been described as the “worst humanitarian crisis in the world” to have improved food security.

The project leaflet can be downloaded  here Kitgum Leaflet

There is a December 2016 Update here

and more details can be found at the anglicanaid website.

If 50 people were to give $1 a day for 3 years we would more than raise the money, but we’d love to do it quicker than this.

Sunday School program for 2015

Things are getting messy and handy at Messy ChurchChildren are a large part of our Cathedral family. The experiences and knowledge gained here will be the foundation of their Christian journey. Sunday School is focused on setting this base. The importance of learning the basic bible stories and how Jesus is active in our lives through music, art, craft and silly games connects the content with the children.

This year Amy Milligan will be joining the Cathedral Children’s ministry team to lead the Sunday school group for children aged 4 to 7. They will meet in the Foundation room in Church House. Amy’s experience with children and youth will be a great asset to the Cathedral.

Children aged 8-12 will be in 121 across the little car park with Craig. This group will be studying the same readings that are in the service. This is to allow conversations on the way home about what was learnt and how to apply it to your lives as a family.

The crèche age group will be held in the Cloisters, toys and activities will be provided for children to play with during the sermon.  (The Audio of the sermon is played for parental benefit. Some of the jokes, however, have little benefit wherever they are heard.)

Youth group will be gathering for lunch once a month on Sunday to think more deeply about the nature of church.


Ringing the Bells for Asylum Seekers

6052868-3x2-940x627A recent report from ABC News has made people aware that St. David’s has joined the Freedom Bells for Asylum Seekers campaign.

This campaign involves churches across the State and the Nation ringing the bells each week to indicate support for asylum seekers.  The campaign will continue until all are released from indefinite detention.  At the time St. David’s entered this campaign, late in 2014, we wrote about the issues on our website.

Most of churches in the campaign are ringing their bells on a Monday afternoon.  For various logistical reasons it is not feasible for St. David’s to join in at that time.

Rather, St. David’s will be ringing the bell at 4:45pm on Fridays.  As commuters and others leave the city to head to their homes, the bell will remind us of those who have left their home to which they cannot return, and are being prevented from rebuilding their home in our nation.

(Photo source: ABC News)