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Vicar's Musings for Ordinary Sunday 23

9 September, 2018

Today we are blessed at the 9.30am and 11am services to be joined by the Most Rev'd Allan Migi, Archbishop of Papua New Guinea, and Fr John Deane, Executive Director of the Anglican Board of Mission. Building on last week's celebration of the New Guinea Martyrs, this will be a good opportunity to renew our commitment to the Church in PNG as a parish. After each service there will be a retiring collection for the work of the ABM with its mission partner in PNG.

After each Mass this morning you are all warmly invited to adjourn to the Parish Hall for our annual Book Fair, which will run from 9am to 3pm; all books are just $2 each. Refreshments will be available, but the Parish Hall will be quite literally full of books: fiction, non-fiction, and a remarkable collection of theological and religious books. Our thanks to Bookroom Manager, Carol O'Connor, and her team for their hard work over the past week, collecting and organising the 1000s of books on offer. It will be well worth a visit after church.

Looking ahead, there are two very worthwhile Institute for Spiritual Studies gatherings that you will want to make sure you have in your diary:

Firstly, on Saturday 22nd September, from 10am to 12.30pm the ISS Spring Symposium "Christianity in the Public Sphere" will be led by: Fr Rod Bower, writer, activist, and Rector of the Gosford, who will be launching his new book, Outspoken: Because all Justice is Social; Dr Robyn Whittaker, lecturer at Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity, who will be exploring the question: "are Christians persecuted in contemporary Australia?"; and our own Dr Stephen Duckett, Director of the Health Program at the Grattan Institute, who will talk on the topic: "arguing in the public square: Christian and other voices about assisted dying in Victoria."

Then on Thursday 11th October, from 7.30 to 9.30pm, Mark McKenna and Sebastian Clark will be delivering a presentation: "Manning Clark — An Eye for Eternity." Manning Clark, Australia's most famous historian, was the son and brother of Anglican clergymen. On the big questions of life he described himself as "a pilgrim for the truth." This ISS seminar will discuss Manning Clark's religious background and his interest in Catholicism despite his doubts. Mark McKenna is the author of An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark which won the non-fiction category of the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Sebastian Clark is President of Manning Clark House Canberra.

The Rev'd Dr Hugh Kempster

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