Rev. Jackie Stoneman Announces her Retirement
After 25 years on the faculty at MAC, including 12 years as Principal, Rev. Jackie Stoneman will retire at the end of 2019. Anglican Deaconess Ministries is grateful for Jackie’s faithful “labour in the Lord” and invites you to hear from her directly in this video.
Celebrating History in the Making
Thirty years ago as Queen Elizabeth graced the front page of The London Times, 14 Anglican women made their own headlines seven pages later in the same edition. The reason? They were the first women ordained as deacons in the Sydney Diocese. This past May, over 200 ministers and friends gathered in St Andrew’s Cathedral to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of that historic ordination.
Gospel Ministry Among Asian Australians
As a second generation Australian whose parents migrated from China in the late 1980s, 2019 Summer Fellow Grace Lung grew up attending a Chinese Australian church. Since then, she has worked in pastoral ministry with students, young workers and women. Through these experiences, Grace discovered the dilemma that’s guided her research.
Deaconess House Update
For over 125 years, Anglican Deaconess Ministries (ADM) has been focused on raising up women with theological formation for practical and public engagement. More than 100 years ago, several Deaconesses, along with the women and men who supported them, sought a permanent place for the headquarters of the ministries and 26-28 Carillon Ave, Newtown, (Deaconess House) was purchased.
Australia: The Good Neighbour? ADM and Micah Foundation Co-Host Panel Discussion on Foreign Policy
In a time of global suffering and political unrest, how can Australia best serve its global neighbours? As the nation approaches a federal election, how can Christians think biblically about engagement in politics?
How to Care for Those with Mental Illness: New courses provide practical help
When friends confide about their struggles with a mental health challenge, it’s not always easy for Christians to know how to respond. Beyond dropping off a casserole, what practical ways can we offer genuine love and Christian care?
Q&A with Jen Logan, artist and founder of Fer “Creativity, Gospel Truth and the Dignity of Making Art”
Jen Logan—winner of ADM’s 2018 Annual Funding Event—founded and leads Fer, an arts organization in the UK that produces creative and theologically inspired projects reflecting the Christian narrative. Recently, Jen was in Sydney on a family visit but made time to speak about her work at ADM’s March Engage session alongside two other artists. We caught up with her to get more of her story, what’s inspired her, what art means to her and of course, what her favourite creative meal is.
Fellow in the Spotlight: Rev. Dr. Kirsten Birkett
2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow Rev. Dr. Kirsten Birkett’s research provides a theological understanding of happiness, and demonstrates how the Bible challenges assumptions made about the role of happiness in human life.
ADM Celebrates Launch of “Building a Safe & Strong Marriage”
Five-Part Video Enrichment Course Highlights Research and Biblical Perspectives
Sometimes even the best marriages need a little help. Whether they’ve celebrated their first or their 25th wedding anniversary, many couples today live very busy lives and time to connect and talk openly and honestly can be missing.
From Happiness to Politics: ADM’s Second Annual School of Theology, Culture & Public Engagement Showcases the Connection between Faith and Ideas.
As summer holidays were ending in January, almost 300 people exchanged beach reads for notebooks and BBQs for lectures on topics as diverse as literature, leadership and liberalism.
Bernie Black’s Brave Foundation Supports Teen Parents to Become Healthy Families
Bernadette Black was only 16 when she unexpectedly became pregnant. Her situation grew more difficult when she experienced first-hand the stigma and lack of support associated with a teenage pregnancy. As a result, Bernie established the Brave Foundation in 2009, a not-for-profit organisation that equips expecting and parenting teens with resources, referrals and educational opportunities for achieving a happy and healthy family.
Award-Winning Historian Meredith Lake Calls for a Better Understanding of Story
In a society that seems increasingly polarised, can understanding history play a role in shaping our future? Which stories of our shared past could enhance our current civic discourse? Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow, award-winning historian and ABC Radio National host explores these questions in ADM’s 2018 Annual Public Lecture.
Strong Women Talking: Out of Abuse and into a Voice
Before Sono Leone, an indigenous woman in Queensland, turned 22 years old, she had experienced domestic violence not unlike what many other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia have endured. In fact, indigenous women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-Indigenous women, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. For Sono, though, experiencing abuse first-hand led her out of the darkness and into a relationship with Jesus.
Bringing Church (Questions) to Canberra
ADM’s CEO, Dr Kate Harrison Brennan, reflects on public justice, moral leadership, and the need for caring communities, after a historic visit to Canberra as part of a Micah Australia delegation of female Christian leaders that included leaders representing a range of Christian communities, from Hillsong Church to the Salvation Army and others.
ADM Awards $60,000 in Funding for Initiatives to Christian Women Leaders
Anglican Deaconess Ministries has awarded over $60,000 to Australian Christian women from across the globe in its third Annual Funding Event on Wednesday, 19 September….
Half-yearly update: ADM Fellows share their progress
Four of ADM’s 2018 Fellows reflect on their progress over the past six months. Read what they’ve been doing, how ADM has supported them, and their plans for the next steps in their projects…
2017 Annual Funding Event recipient brings her project to fruition
At last year’s Annual Funding Event, Olivia Chapman pitched for funding on behalf of her organisation Emu Music. Liv and Emu were looking for funding for their second Emu Youth album, a compilation of worship songs designed to help teenagers praise God. Hear how funding from ADM has helped create their latest album No Love is Higher…
Pranks, laughter and service: Deaconess Doreen Garrick
From spirited, mischievous college girl to dedicated, energetic deaconess, Doreen Garrick’s heart for the lost and vigour for the gospel has always been central to her identity. Her story reflects how God can work through the most ordinary moments and smallest decisions of our lives to bring about his glory…
Helping churches support refugees
In early 2017, ADM was privileged to award over $50,000 in small grants to eight churches in the greater-Sydney region for ministries to welcome and support arriving Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Now, reports have come back from some of the churches and we share a selection of their encouraging stories…
William Cooper: a Yorta Yorta Christian and his Bible
“…Yorta Yorta man William Cooper grew up in a world shaped by these realities, and spent decades of his adult life challenging its injustice.” In this extract from 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow, Meredith Lake’s book, ‘The Bible in Australia: A cultural history’, we hear about the life and work of William Cooper: a Yorta Yorta man, a Christian, and a man who fought injustice and was central to the founding of NAIDOC week…