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The New Marriage Era (Day Conference)

  • St Hilary's Kew 12 John St Kew 3101 (map)

Complex Questions and Considered Responses

As a result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey in 2017, Australia has entered into a new era when it comes to the legal definition of marriage. In responding to this New Marriage Era, there are complex questions for the Anglican Church of Australia to consider. These questions involve theological, biblical, liturgical, and pastoral dimensions. Join us for a daytime conference with five plenary sessions and two seminar sessions as we seek to navigate these complex questions with some considered responses. This event is particularly suitable for clergy and other church workers and lay Synod representatives. 

 This event is a collaboration of EFAC Australia, St Hilary’s and the Peter Corney Training Centre

Plenary Speakers


9.30am Welcome/Setting the Scene (Bishop Matt Brain)

9.40am Marriage and the Anglican Church of Australia (Bishop Michael Stead)  

10.10am Marriage in the New Testament (Rev Natalie Rosner)

10.40am Question time 

10.50am Morning Tea

11.20am To bless or not to bless? (Rev Canon Dr Rhys Bezzant)

11.50am Responding to the Complex Pastoral Challenges at a Parish Level (Bishop Stephen Hale)

12.20pm Responding to the Complex Issues in Synods and Forums (Bishop Richard Condie)

12.50pm Question time

1.00pm Lunch

2.00pm Seminars Session 1 (TBC) – (45 mins)

2.55pm Seminars Session 2 (45 mins)

3.45pm Wrap Up and Close (time for prayer)

4.00pm Head home

Seminar Sessions (TBC)

  1. Responding to complex issues about marriage at Synods – a follow up 

  2. EFAC Global – a fellowship for those who choose to stay and those who have to go (Bishop Stephen Hale)

  3. Watch your language – making sure we’re pastorally thoughtful and clear in how we speak 

  4. Responding to the many pastorally sensitive questions around marriage and requests for blessings 

  5. Engaging young people in responding to the changing environment on Marriage 

  6. Supporting families with same sex attracted and/or transgender members 

  7. Offering love and hope for same sex attracted and transgender members

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