Newcastle Anglican affirms all people are created equal. Our community is a place of inclusion and belonging for all persons.

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The Diocesan Synod in 2018 expressed an apology for the way LGBTQIA+ people had been treated.

In 2019, the Diocesan Synod voted to affirm the blessing of same-sex relationships in a 60:40 vote. In 2020, the Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church of Australia confirmed that such blessings were possible within the church law applying within the Diocese of Newcastle.

We are committed to providing an inclusive environment, acknowledging the uniqueness of everyone regardless of their additional needs and abilities, age, race, gender, sexuality, LGBTIQIA+ identification and preferences, religion, culture, physical and mental abilities and socio-economic background. There are limitations on the practice of inclusion for those who are subject to the Code of Conduct for Church workers, Faithfulness in Service.

We are committed to eliminating barriers to equal opportunities.

Facing the past and shaping a healthy future

It is our deep desire that everyone is safe within the community and within the church. 

We lament the harm that children experienced within the life of the Diocese and our failure to respond when they came forward to speak of their experiences.

We are working to rebuild community trust so we are known for helping people and are a safe refuge for those seeking to deepen their faith and find blessing in their lives. Our hope and prayer are that Newcastle Anglican will be seen to be making a valuable contribution to the region and the people we serve.

Affirming the ministry of women and men

Newcastle Anglican affirms the sacramental and preaching ministry of women and men; rejoicing that women and men are called by God to ministry as laity, deacons, priests and bishops.

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