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                 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 May, over 200 ministers and friends gathered in St Andrew’s Cathedral to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of that historic ordination, which also included 14 men. Rev. Jackie Stoneman, Director of Mary Andrews College, Rev. Jacinth Myles, ADM Chaplain to the Deaconesses and Retired Deacons, and Rev. Jan Donohoo, ADM board member, as well as Rev. Keith Condie, Co-Director of the Mental Health and Pastoral Care Institute, who were all ordained in 1989, took part in the anniversary service.     


  

  


 
   
    
      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      
    
   

  

 


  

     
      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      

        
           
        

        

      
     

  





      “This is a wonderful opportunity to thank God for the significance of this event in the Sydney Diocese in terms of recognizing the ministry of women,” said Rev. Stoneman. “Here was an acknowledgement of the diaconal ministry that women were already doing.” Since 1989, 95 women have been ordained as Deacons in the Anglican diocese.    Rev. Condie considered it a great honour to be ordained alongside the history-making women. “The ordination service acknowledged that these women already had significant ministries which we men hadn’t had because we were just starting out,” he said. “Many have continued to make extraordinary contributions in a range of contexts since that time, which has been inspiring to see.”      
   
     “ God has indeed been faithful and continues to equip women, both ordained and lay, to serve Him to His glory. ” 
   
  
 
     Dean of the Cathedral, Kanishka Raffel, led the 30th anniversary service, and Rev. Di Nicolios, the first Archdeacon for Women’s Ministry, preached on 2 Timothy 4:1-8. The current Archdeacon for Women’s Ministry, the Ven. Kara Hartley, then interviewed Rev. Donohoo, ordained in 1989, and Rev. Ruth Schoeter, ordained in 2016. Archbishop Glenn Davies offered closing remarks and spoke of the significance of the ordination of women to the Diaconate and the importance of their ministry in the diocese. Following the service, ADM hosted a dinner for the original female deacons and those who’d come to celebrate.   “This is one way we could honour the many women who have become deacons in the Anglican church in Sydney,” said Rev. Stoneman. “God has indeed been faithful and continues to equip women, both ordained and lay, to serve Him to His glory.”        
  

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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.

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      Seeing Women Flourish in 2017       "Unlike the way of the world, which pits women against one another, when we as Christians see other women helped to steward God’s grace to them, we are all the better for it as God’s gospel is advanced and he is glorified..."   As we come to the end of 2017 and reflect on what God is doing through the work of ADM, we thought you might like to hear a summary from our CEO of how ADM's ministries and programs have helped women to flourish in Kingdom work this past year.  Download a pdf to read more from ADM's CEO Dr Kate Harrison Brennan's address at our 2017 AGM.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    
 
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Seeing Women Flourish in 2017

As we come to the end of 2017 and reflect on what God is doing through the work of ADM, we thought you might like to hear a summary from our CEO of how ADM's ministries and programs have helped women to flourish in Kingdom work this past year...

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      The Hub and Jesus Club     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Mel Fung was selected as a participant in the Hub Winter Class 2016, based on her idea to help churches reach people with intellectual disabilities. Today Jesus Club has over 80 members in seven locations across Sydney, with another three clubs set to commence later this year. As The Hub 2016 classes finish in June, Mel shares how The Hub has enabled Jesus Club to develop and grow.      How did the idea for Jesus Club originate?   In 2004 God introduced me to a group of people with disabilities through my work as a disability support worker. I started a low-key Bible study program called ‘Jesus Club’ for some of my intellectually-disabled clients in 2006. Over the past 11 years God has grown this ministry so that the original Bible study program, run in Gladesville, has been replicated at six other churches in Sydney – with three more to start this year. This was never the vision when Jesus Club first started, but God does more than we can hope or ask for!   How has being part of the Hub program helped to realise your goals for Jesus Club?  The Hub program has been instrumental in transforming Jesus Club from a one-person-led ministry to one upheld by many Christians, each contributing their various gifts. Jesus Club now has the structures, resources and support to endure for many years and reach many people.    What is your vision for Jesus Club in the next five years?  Our vision is to see churches all over Australia reaching out to people with disabilities and genuinely welcoming them into their community. We have spent the past four years building a network of clubs in Sydney, and are planning to do the same in other states. Already there are churches in Victoria and Queensland that want to set up their own Jesus Club ministry.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     We also want to produce a comprehensive library of Bible-teaching materials for people with intellectual disabilities. Jesus Club has employed several writers, including Christians with special education training, to write material that can be used at the Jesus Club program or by anyone in the world. Our deep desire is to see our friends with disabilities enjoying all the blessings that other Christians can often take for granted, including Bible reading and teaching.   As your time with The Hub draws to a close, what would you say to other Christian women who are considering applying for The Hub program?  God has done more than I could hope or ask by providing this Hub experience. The Hub has opened my eyes to how to use entrepreneurial tools to build a ministry that can reach more people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. On a personal level, I’ve enjoyed meeting with like-minded women each week. God uses the various members of the body to sharpen us in our faith and our missions.    

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The Hub and Jesus Club

Jesus Club has over 80 members in seven locations across Sydney, with another three clubs set to commence later this year. As The Hub 2016 classes finish in June, Mel Fung shares how The Hub has enabled Jesus Club to develop and grow.

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      Mercy & Justice In Action     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     How can Christians respond to refugees in our community? How can we serve those who are homeless?  Be inspired about how you can become involved in ministry to refugees and the homeless at this practical workshop, run by ADM and Hope For Sydney.  ·       Be challenged  by speaker Karin Sowada as she gives a biblical framework for mercy and justice ministries. Karin will also share about her own involvement in this area as a Director of Mission Australia and Chair of the Anglican Church’s Social Issues Committee in the Sydney Diocese.  ·       Ask questions  to our panel members   during a Q&A session, and hear about their ministries in action. The panels include churches running refugee programs that received ADM small grants, and organisations on the frontline of homeless ministry, including Surry Hills Urban Mission and Street Growth.  ·       Connect  with ministries that are reaching out to refugees and the homeless, and explore opportunities to get involved.   When : Thursday 18 May 2017, 6.30–9pm   Where : ADM, Level 1, St Andrew’s House, 464–480 Kent St, Sydney   How:  To register for this FREE workshop, visit  deaconessministries.org.au/mercy-justice

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Mercy & Justice In Action

Be inspired about how you can become involved in ministry to refugees and the homeless at this practical workshop, run by ADM and Hope For Sydney.

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      ADM Awards $50,000 For Refugee Support     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
               Grant recipients at Hoxton Park Anglican Church – Rev David Clarke, Senior Minister, with wife Janine and their children, and Pastor Sami Youkhana, Pastor of the Arabic congregation, with his wife Sarah and their children.   
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     ADM is delighted to announce the recipients of over $50,000 in small grants for programs to support refugees in their local communities.  Grants have been awarded to eight Anglican churches in the greater Sydney Diocese, with sums ranging from $1,300 to $16,000. The grants form part of the Syrian Iraqi Refugee Response, led by Anglicare in collaboration with four other Anglican agencies, including ADM. Churches will use the grants to help run English classes and playgroups, provide accommodation and employment support, and even to help run an Arabic church service.  Margo Leach, Director of Mercy & Justice Ministries at ADM, said: “We are thrilled to provide funding to these churches, enabling them to help meet the needs of refugees in their communities. Through these grants, we hope these churches will lead the way in welcoming, supporting and demonstrating the love of Christ to refugees who have fled Syria, Iraq and other nations in conflict.”  To find out details about grant recipients and their refugee support programs, head to  deaconessministries.org.au/mercy-justice

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ADM Awards $50,000 For Refugee Support

ADM is delighted to announce the recipients of over $50,000 in small grants for programs to support refugees in their local communities.

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      Deaconesses Celebrate  ADM welcomed our deaconesses into our newly-renovated 'garden in the city' for a special morning tea that also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the ordination of Deaconess Joan Egan.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Following a tour of ADM’s new “garden in the city”, the deaconesses were joined by Kara Hartley (Archdeacon for Women in the Sydney Diocese) to cut a cake for Joan’s anniversary celebration.  “Joan is one of ADM’s pioneering deaconesses,” explained Jacinth Myles, ADM Chaplain for Deaconesses and Retired Female Deacons. “After being ordained in 1957, Joan later trained as a missionary and served in Pakistan, where she ministered to women and children. After returning to Australia and working in churches, she continued to serve on a voluntary basis at Anglicare Retirement Villages for over 20 years.”    At the morning tea, Kerrie Newmarch, ADM’s Director of Church Engagement, thanked all the deaconesses for the pivotal role they have played in the history of Anglican Deaconess Ministries.

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Deaconesses Celebrate

Following a tour of ADM’s new 'garden in the city', the deaconesses were joined by Kara Hartley (Archdeacon for Women in the Sydney Diocese) to cut a cake for Joan’s anniversary celebration.
 

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      Create & Refresh Weekend     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Our Create & Refresh weekends in the Southern Highlands provide a chance to reflect, relax and be creative. Elizabeth Spencer reviews the Create & Refresh weekend on 7-9 April, which focused on prayer:         

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     We are often too busy to stop and be still before God, to listen to him and to pray. This weekend retreat provided wonderful opportunities to be creative with our gifts and time, and to be truly refreshed in prayer, quietness and reflection.  Di Morgan offered many tools to help our prayer life and reminded us to boldly and freely approach the throne room of God in prayer. It was also comforting to hear that struggling in prayer is a common problem, and that God calls us to keep persevering and trusting in him.  God used the weekend to free me from some long-standing road blocks in my Christian walk. I came home feeling liberated and joyful, and better equipped to continue the journey.     Click here for more information and to book for the next Create & Refresh  (16-18 June).   ________________________ Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Spencer    

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Create & Refresh Weekend

Our Create & Refresh weekends in the Southern Highlands provide a chance to reflect, relax and be creative. Elizabeth Spencer reviews the Create & Refresh weekend on 7-9 April, which focused on prayer.

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      ADM Welcomes New Chair of Board     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Anglican Deaconess Ministries (ADM) has announced the appointment of Rev Jenni Stoddart, School Chaplain at Abbotsleigh, as its new Chair of the Board, following the retirement of Gillian Davidson after 13 years of service.  Gillian expressed her support for the appointment of Jenni Stoddart as Chair, saying, “I know she has a heart for the work, a commitment to the theological truths that are precious to each of us and a great ability to lead.”  “We are delighted to have Jenni’s experience in helping to steer ADM into the future,” said Ken Breakspear, acting CEO of ADM.  “Jenni has a long history of service in the Sydney Anglican Diocese, working in ministry in schools and churches. Her experience in engaging and equipping women and girls, and in strategic leadership, fit perfectly with the ADM mission to raise up women with theological formation for practical and public engagement.”

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ADM Welcomes New Chair of Board

Anglican Deaconess Ministries (ADM) has announced the appointment of Rev Jenni Stoddart, School Chaplain at Abbotsleigh, as its new Chair of the Board, following the retirement of Gillian Davidson after 13 years of service.

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      ADM'S Garden Gates Officially Open  ADM celebrated the opening of its newly-renovated 'garden in the city' on Thursday 30th March at an intimate office warming. Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev Glenn Davies, dedicated the space to God in prayer. Archdeacon for Women, Kara Hartley, joined in the celebrations with ADM staff and guests from our partner organisations, including Hammond Care, the Bible Society and Hope for Sydney. We can't wait to see how this space enables more women to flourish in Kingdom work.   Pictured (from left): Dr. Kate Harrison Brennan, CEO, Gillian Davidson, Chair of ADM Board, the Most Rev. Dr. Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney, and Ken Breakspear, Acting CEO. 

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ADM'S Garden Gates Officially Open

ADM celebrated the opening of its newly-renovated 'garden in the city' on Thursday 30th March at an intimate office warming.

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      Announcing 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow: Alissa Wilkinson  Alissa Wilkinson ( below ) is a staff writer and critic at Vox.com, where she covers film, culture, and sometimes religion, and an associate professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City, where she teaches courses on criticism and cultural theory.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Until September 2016, she was the critic at large at  Christianity Today  and regularly contributed criticism and features for a number of publications, including  Rolling Stone ,  Vulture , RogerEbert.com,  Pacific Standard ,  The Washington Post ,  The Atlantic ,  The Los Angeles Review of Books ,  Books & Culture , and others.   Her book  How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, and Politics at the End of the World , co-written with Robert Joustra, was published by Eerdmans in May 2016.  Alissa regularly speaks at conferences and events across the U.S. and Europe about culture, criticism, religion, and film. This ADM Visiting Fellowship will be Alissa's first visit to Australia, and we can't wait to host her in early October!     What are ADM Visiting Fellowships?   They support short-term visits by Christian women of outstanding talent who are established leaders in their field of intellectual, creative, cultural or professional endeavour. Visiting Fellows typically undertake a number of public engagement activities, such as ADM Public Lectures and ADM Master Classes, as well as meeting with our current ADM Fellows. Our inaugural Visiting Fellow in 2016 was Elizabeth Oldfield.  Click here  to listen to the podcast of her ADM Public Lecture.  To explore Alissa’s work, you can visit her website:  alissawilkinson.co  m .

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Announcing 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow: Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa Wilkinson is a staff writer and critic at Vox.com, where she covers film, culture, and sometimes religion, and an associate professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City, where she teaches courses on criticism and cultural theory.

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