Financing ‘NO’ vote
I AM sure many people, both members of the Anglican Communion and those allied to other expressions of religious faith, or none at all, were horrified to learn that the Sydney diocese was donating $1 million to support the “NO” campaign.
Apart from blurring the lines between church and state and squandering money that could have been used to help those in genuine need, it brought back memories of when I lived in Quebec in the 1950s and bishops there commonly told their people how to vote!
I also hope that other dioceses will not be seen by those outside the church to be tarred with the same brush.
The Sydney diocese has long hovered on the fringes of the Anglican Communion. It developed its own prayer book and a narrow interpretation of the Christian Gospel in keeping with its evangelical fundamentalist allegiances.
In reality the only thing stopping Sydney severing its links with the Anglican Church in Australia years ago was the size of its real estate portfolio!
Given the significance and cost of such a donation, it would have been marginally QUESTIONABLE: Rev John Tyman calls into question a Sydney church’s decision to donate money in the same-sex marriage debate.
better if the proposal had been discussed openly at Synod.
While the money, seemingly, came not from parish collection plates but from the Diocesan Endowment, it is
nevertheless an example of poor Christian stewardship.
And since the Sydney diocese clearly has more money than it needs, I think those who attend church services there in future may choose to ignore the
collection plate and invest their money instead in MSF (Doctors Without Borders), Oxfam or the UNHCR.
— Rev. John Tyman, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Uki IT’S amazing what a holiday can do to breathe life into the soul. I’ve just returned from a well-earned family trip around New Zealand, doing the tourist thing in a campervan. What stunning scenery. I’m not one to remember the names of parks and suchlike, but the one name that does stand out was ‘The Remarkables’, the name given to one of the mountain ranges overlooking Queenstown. What a grand title. As for the debate around Kingscliff‘s new community park, ‘Central Park’ does seem somewhat bland and particularly unremarkable. Central Park belongs in New York (and is already the name used at Salt Village): something a bit more exciting may be more memorable.