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East Asian Anglican Bishops meet in Newcastle Diocese

September 12, 2014

The Diocese of Newcastle is hosting the Annual Meeting of the Council of Churches of East Asia (CCEA). The event is taking place this weekend – see the diocese’s media release below.

ABM is most grateful for the opportunity to catch up with many of our Partners during this time, especially as they travel through Sydney on their way there and back over these next few days.

On Thursday 11 September 2014, ABM staff were delighted to meet with visitors from the Anglican Church of Korea – the Most Rev Paul Kim, Archbishop of Korea & Bishop of Seoul; the Rt Rev Onesimus Park, Bishop of Busan; and Mr Thomas Jun from Seoul Diocese. The Rev Rachel Carnegie, Co-Director of the Anglican Alliance in the UK, also visited the office and will be guest speaker at the upcoming ABM Board Meeting and Dinner next week.


(Media Release from the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle – 10 September 2014)


This coming weekend (12 – 15 September) Bishop Greg Thompson will be hosting 30 bishops and archbishops and their partners from East Asia, bringing together Anglican Bishops of the Anglican Communion from the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Myanmar (Burma) and Australia.

As part of the gathering the Diocese will welcome for the first time the new Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier. Dr Freier was elected in June and provides guidance and support to the 23 dioceses and organisations of the Anglican Church of Australia.

The gathering of Bishops is for the Annual Meeting of the Council of Churches of East Asia (CCEA). It meets each year in a different country, and this year it is Australia’s turn. The CCEA is a fellowship which allows for sharing, growth and the strengthening of relationships, while also tackling some of the more challenging issues the church is confronting today.

“We are excited to host the visit of many Anglican leaders from East Asia to further our international relationships and shared concern for the wellbeing of our cities and communities,” Bishop Greg said.

The bishops and their partners will participate in a number of activities throughout the weekend, including business sessions, tour of Samaritans service facilities and visits to parishes throughout the Hunter.

They will also share a special Aussie bush BBQ on Saturday night at the Railway Sheds in Foreshore Park, and will take in the sights of the Hunter Valley on Monday with a wine tour.

The community is welcome to a special service to welcome the Primate and the Archbishops and Bishops of East Asia in the Cathedral at 7pm on Friday night.

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