Welcome to the EFAC Website
Welcome to the EFAC Australia Website!
We are hoping this website will be used to connect members around Australia and keep everyone up to date with what's happening in their state. We have branches in each state plus the ACT and NT, so by clicking on your branch under the tab above, you can find out what is happening in your state. The site will be updated with news and events.
EFAC VIC Retreat: Finding God in the Psalms
- Written by Chris Appleby
Come away for 1 day or 2, to pray, walk, talk, be silent and spend time with God.
Sessions for prayer and reflection, and Sunday worship, will be led by the EFAC retreat team.
Dates: Friday 15-Sunday 17 May, 2015
Location: Wycliffe, 70 Graham Road, Kangaroo Ground VIC 3097
OPTION ONE: 24 HR Retreat
$100 (Concession/early bird $90)
6pm Fri to 6pm Sat
Includes all meals from Fri dinner to Sat lunch
OPTION TWO: 42 HR Retreat
$170 (Concession/early bird $160)
6pm Fri to 2pm Sun
Includes all meals from Fri dinner to Sun lunch
Sign in from 6pm Friday, with dinner at 7pm.
Register at: www.efac.org.au
Early bird registration by 1 April.
Registration by 1 May.
Cancellation after 1 May may result in a partial refund as we have to pay a deposit for your room.
Enquiries: EFAC Quiet Days email: efacquietdays(at)gmail.com
English Synod Approves Ordination of Women Bishops
- Written by Chris Appleby
[CofE] The General Synod of the Church of England has enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as Bishops in the Church of England.
The formal enactment of the legislation – Amending Canon 33 - followed the vote on final approval by the Synod at its meeting in July of this year. Since that time the legislation has been approved in Parliament and received Royal Assent.
Anglicanism keeps muddling on — thank God
- Written by Theo Hobson
A new survey of Anglican clergy has been published.
Its findings are reassuringly unsurprising. For example, almost one-third of the clergy identify as evangelical; exactly one-third as Catholic; and just over one-third as something in the middle. In a different question, a quarter identify as conservative. Just over half want to keep the established Church in its current form; the rest want some sort of reform. Most call for the Anglican Communion to be more accepting of diversity, rather than seek stricter uniformity. Same in relation to the national Church. Sensible middle-way muddling-through remains the dominant approach: half the clergy think that Christians are discriminated against in some way by our secular society; half oppose same-sex marriage. (39 per cent are in favour of it, which I suppose is a strong body of dissent from Church teaching, but hardly surprising.)
Archbishop of Canterbury: a 'good vicar' is key
- Written by Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury: a 'good vicar' is key to tackling falling congregation numbers
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has issued a challenge to his priests to turn the tide of falling numbers of church-goers and make their congregations grow.