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#1 SuburbanPlum

Posted 25 August 2019 - 05:20 PM

It's been a while, but I have a growing sense that I'd like to join a congregation. My kids are both still under 3, which makes things a bit more complicated perhaps. Looking for a thoughtful, questioning, inclusive church that's higher up the candle (not Sydney style). Any recommendations in northern or north-western Melbourne? (this isn't my home city) Sadly our closest congregation seems moribund.

#2 Datrys

Posted 25 August 2019 - 05:34 PM

St. Mary's North Melbourne was good (and had other people with young kids) when last I had contact with it.  

How far out are you, though?

#3 Silver Girl

Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:33 PM

Merri Creek Anglican meets in Clifton Hill (inner north). I haven’t been there, but believe it’s inclusive and family friendly.

http://www.merricree...boutusofficial/

#4 Mose

Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:10 PM

City on a Hill?

#5 Datrys

Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:37 PM

Both Merri Creek and City on a Hill are low-church; and City on a Hill (last time I checked) didn't allow women in senior positions.  (All of their pastors are men).

Edited to add:  Here, a sermon on wifely submission from City on a Hill: https://resources.ci...en-and-marriage

Edited by Datrys, 25 August 2019 - 09:05 PM.


#6 meljbau

Posted 25 August 2019 - 09:05 PM

What about Christ Church in Brunswick?

http://www.christchu.../ministry-team/

I can't recommend it personally, as I'm not a member of the congregation there, but it appears to meet your criteria and others may have personal knowledge.

Edited by meljbau, 25 August 2019 - 09:08 PM.


#7 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 25 August 2019 - 09:37 PM

 Datrys, on 25 August 2019 - 08:37 PM, said:

Both Merri Creek and City on a Hill are low-church; and City on a Hill (last time I checked) didn't allow women in senior positions.  (All of their pastors are men).

Edited to add:  Here, a sermon on wifely submission from City on a Hill: https://resources.ci...en-and-marriage

ladies you don’t have to submit to your boyfriend but submission is preserved for those men who have made the bold public covenant of marriage? god - do they realise how dangerous that is?


#8 SuburbanPlum

Posted 25 August 2019 - 09:57 PM

Thanks all. Datrys, I was wondering about St Mary's. We're further out than that but I'd happily travel for a good place.
My views on gender and presidency, and also preference in terms of worship style, mean City on a Hill is firmly off the list. Don't agree with male headship or submission. I wonder if Brunswick has similar problems but from the Anglo- Catholic side? I think the incumbent is Bp Prowd's brother but doesn't agree with her being a bishop.

#9 Datrys

Posted 25 August 2019 - 11:16 PM

Correct; Bishop Lindsay has issues with the ordination of women.  But I will give him credit; since he's been back in Melbourne he has worked really well with his female colleagues.  I've even been to see him about something - was worried he'd be difficult - but he couldn't have been lovelier and more helpful.  And the associate clergy there are very good too (Chris Mostert is an absolute dear).  That parish has a reputation for being a bit odd but nothing that would make me warn you off it; more of a suck-it-and-see if it's your style.

My knowledge of St. Mary's is a bit out of date - haven't been there since they got a new vicar - but I have no reason to believe they wouldn't suit you.

You're over the other side of Melbourne from me and I don't know that area so well, but you could try Christ Church Essendon, or Holy Apostles, Sunshine, too.

#10 PizzaPlease

Posted 26 August 2019 - 12:46 AM

What does "higher up the candle" mean? I've never heard that term before.

#11 SuburbanPlum

Posted 26 August 2019 - 08:05 AM

Thanks Datrys. Very good to hear. We're a bit closer to Essendon than Brunswick so perhaps I'll try them too, as well as St Mary's.

Position on the candle - lower for low church tradition (evangelical), higher for high church (Anglo-Catholic) - as far as these are useful categories any more...

#12 PizzaPlease

Posted 30 August 2019 - 11:56 PM

View PostSuburbanPlum, on 26 August 2019 - 08:05 AM, said:

Thanks Datrys. Very good to hear. We're a bit closer to Essendon than Brunswick so perhaps I'll try them too, as well as St Mary's.

Position on the candle - lower for low church tradition (evangelical), higher for high church (Anglo-Catholic) - as far as these are useful categories any more...

Thank you, that's really interesting!



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