Diocesan Ethos

Relationship with God through Jesus Christ

Our life and work is fashioned by an ever-deepening relationship with God: the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Being made in the image of God we flourish in relationships of love. We find our fulfilment in community flowing from the Community of God.

We affirm that God is seeking to draw all people and all creation into deeper relationship with God. The birth, life, teaching, death, resurrection and ongoing presence of Jesus are God’s profound expression of love and reconciliation. We learn about and grow in this by reading and studying the Christian scriptures.

We work to proclaim God’s love by word and action; inviting people to explore ways of connecting more fully with God through worship and prayer, and by participating in God’s mission.

Reconciliation with First Nations People

The Diocese acknowledges the traditional custodianship of the First Nations of the land on which the Diocese ministers – the Awabakal, Biripi, Darkinyung, Geawegal, Kamilaroi, Worimi, Garrigal and Wonnarua peoples. Land that stretches from the Hawkesbury River to Lake Cathie, from the coast to beyond the Burning Mountain. We are committed to the work of Reconciliation.

Facing the past and shaping a healthy future

We desire deeply 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 experience.

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

Affirming the ministry of women and men

The Diocese 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.

Responding to LGBTIQA+ people

The Diocesan Synod in 2018 expressed apology for the way LGBTIQA+ 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 this was not inconsistent with the Fundamental Declarations and Ruling Principles of the Anglican Church of Australia.

The way we use our resources

We have financial and physical resources because of the generosity of people in the present and the past. All that we have comes from God and belongs to God.

Church land and buildings, including church buildings, are used for the purposes of Christian mission and ministry in keeping with the Anglican tradition as it is received and practised within the Diocese of Newcastle.

Comprehensive Anglicanism

The bishops, clergy and laity of the Diocese are working to see a comprehensive expression of Anglicanism develop within the Diocese.  We wish to see everyone flourish by the grace made known to us by God through Jesus Christ.

The touchstones for us are

  • The Fundamental Declarations

    The Fundamental Declarations are found in sections 1 – 3 of the Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia

    1. The Anglican Church of Australia, being a part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, holds the Christian Faith as professed by the Church of Christ from primitive times and in particular as set forth in the creeds known as the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed.
    2. This Church receives all the canonical scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as being the ultimate rule and standard of faith given by inspiration of God and containing all things necessary for salvation.
    3. This Church will ever obey the commands of Christ, teach His doctrine, administer His sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, follow and uphold His discipline and preserve the three orders of bishops, priests and deacons in the sacred ministry.

  • The Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion

    The Five Marks of Mission are an important statement on mission. They express the Anglican Communion’s common commitment to, and understanding of, God’s holistic and integral mission.

    The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ.

      1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
      2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
      3. To respond to human need by loving service
      4. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
      5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth
  • The authorised forms of Anglican Worship

    In worship that we encounter God, express our theology and find our identity being formed.

    Anglicans worship using patterns, forms, words and actions which are shaped by centuries of practice and are well recognised from parish to parish.

    A Prayer Book for Australia (1995), An Australian Prayer Book (1978) and the Book of Common Prayer (1662) are the forms authorised for use in this Diocese.

You can read about the history of the Diocese here.

Last updated December 2020

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