The Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier has written to the Wardens confirming the appointment of the Reverend Sophia (Sophie) Watkins as Incumbent of St Silas and St Anselm, Albert Park.
Reverend Sophie is currently Vicar of St Aidan’s Parish, Strathmore, where she has been since 2008. Prior to her appointment to St Aidan’s she served as Priest in Charge of the Surfcoast Parish. She was ordained Deacon in February 1999, and ordained Priest at the end of that year.
Reverend Sophie is a single parent of daughter Esther who is two and a half years old, and Monty, her nearly 6 year old German shorthaired pointer. Prior to undertaking a Bachelor of Divinity, Reverend Sophie completed a BA in Fine Arts at RMIT.
She delights in her family, creating art and playing music, reading, and walking, swimming and gardening. We look forward to welcoming Reverend Sophie to our parish.
National Church life survey
The results of the National Church Life Survey completed in late 2016 about the Parish are now available. Please download the file below.
GREETINGS FROM THE Locum
The Locum Writes on Anglicans with brains (not an oxymoron)
At a discussion at a recent parish gathering, it was lamented that a weakness of the Church (i.e. Anglican church) is that it does not speak with a clear voice on issues of importance and this is why it is not taken seriously. I was tempted to say, ‘You’ve got the wrong church, my friend’, but realised that could be offensive and distressing - but it is a true comment. Ours is not a centralised authoritarian church with a hard line on political and moral issues - there is one with a base near the Tiber which has had that approach, challenged as even that is in today’s thinking world.
There is a T-shirt produced by the Episcopal (Anglican Church) of the United States which has printed on it ten reasons for being an Episcopalian written by a loyal and committed Anglican, the comedian Robin Williams. One of these is that ‘you don’t have to leave your brains at the door’.
Take sermons for example. If I were ever to visit a church with the
possibility of making it my own and a preacher told me what to think and believe on any issue my protest would be silent, but no less strongly felt for being so as I bade farewell to his or her Reverend Arrogance. Further I hope that the cap fits in my own approach to preaching as that would not be the way of Anglicanism as many of us see it (although not all).
Archbishop Keith Rayner was a past master when asked to give an
indisputable ruling on some aspect of human thinking and behaviour. Clearly and logically he would give the arguments for or against a proposition and then would come the inevitable comment, ‘But on the other hand...’. Onya, Keith.
We should be very proud of the latest issue of The Melbourne Anglican as it addresses the same-sex marriage issue and acknowledges that points of view differ. You will see there the arguments for and against. Our Archbishop has made three things clear. The first is to encourage us all to express our opinion, and, if it should transpire, through a plebiscite. The second is acknowledging the different view among Anglicans, many of whom, including clergy, live in a same-sex relationship. And, finally, he has said that he will vote ‘no’ as his own but not mandated response.
So what is the mind of the Church? In many issues there is no fixed point of view, and for you and me? Use the brains we have - and don’t put up with being dictated to, even by someone pretending to have all knowledge and standing in front of you in a frock. But, on the other hand....
Dean Emeritus Stuart Blackler