Fi­nanc­ing ‘NO’ vote

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - ED­I­TOR’S DESK NIKKI TODD

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.

PHOTO: ROB WIL­LIAMS

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