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Safe Places | Has your church appointed a Safety Contact Person?

Mitchell Salmon  |  11/12/2017 4:10:21 PM

Each Affiliate is required to appoint a Safety Contact Person to be the local point of contact for any concerns about safety.

This responsibilities of the role may vary from church to church depending on church or agency size, relevant skill sets of leaders, and the administrative setup of your organisation. Many churches have chosen to appoint two people to this role, a male and a female. Keep in mind also that it doesn’t need to be someone already in a leadership role. In fact, the nature of this role means it is often suited to people who aren’t already busy with additional responsibilities. It is more important that they be approachable, calm, mature, and good under pressure.

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Stirling | Graduate Certificate in Leadership

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/12/2017 10:30:33 AM

An incredible opportunity to learn alongside like-minded change agents and pioneers in a course that will grow and develop your unique leadership gifts.

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Host a Safe Church Awareness Workshop

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/10/2017 3:25:53 PM

Want to train your church leaders and volunteers at a Safe Church Awareness Workshop but can’t find a date or location that suits your team? Consider hosting a Workshop at your own church!

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Youth Vision Ministry Gatherings

Mitchell Salmon  |  2/10/2017 9:51:29 AM

A huge thanks to all those who have submitted dates for the Youth Vision Ministry Gatherings. Based on the availability given, the following dates and locations have been selected. If you cannot make your own region, please feel free to join another gathering. Simply RSVP by email to yv@churchesofchrist.org.au with your name, church, the names of any other leaders you are bringing along, any dietary requirements, and the Gathering you will attend.

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YVQ | Risky Discipleship

Mitchell Salmon  |  28/09/2017 4:51:41 PM

Amy was having a moment of crisis. “I’m totally not cut out for this! I’m a terrible youth worker, I feel like I haven’t helped this girl at all!”

It’s late at night. Amy is 18, still in Year 12, and we are in the middle of the outback, somewhere between Coober Pedy and the Northern Territory border. Annually, Fusion, the organisation I’m a part of, takes young people through Aboriginal communities, helping suburban kids empathise with and value First Nations people. Amy comes from a middle-class Christian home, and her upbringing has been the kind that includes comfortable wealth, the safety of a loving family, and a supportive church. Many people would call her blessed.

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YVQ | Witnesses To An Alternate Story

Mitchell Salmon  |  28/09/2017 4:48:27 PM

I think it’s interesting that, in our modern presentations of the story of Jesus and his message, we often start with recognising the way in which it impacts upon us as individuals who are being eternally and spiritually redeemed, and from there widen outwards to recognise his impact upon society, humanity, and the world. This is in many ways the opposite trajectory to how his first disciples progressively encountered and understood Jesus and his message.

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New Child Safety Requirements for Victorian Churches Now In Effect

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/08/2017 9:49:34 AM

Victorian Affiliates are advised that they have a new legal obligation to ensure the safety of children in their care. Under the new duty, organisations are required to take reasonable precautions to prevent the abuse of a child by an individual associated with the organisation while the child is under the care, supervision, or authority of the organisation. 

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Introducing Youth Vision Ministry Gatherings

Mitchell Salmon  |  31/08/2017 9:30:23 AM

We would love for you to be a part of conversations at the Youth Vision Ministry Gatherings. We want to get you together with others in your area who are focused on ministry with children, youth, young adults, and families.

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Veta | Some Great News From Veta Youth!

Mitchell Salmon  |  30/08/2017 2:11:05 PM

Enrolments for Veta Morphus are now open for 2018, for Veta Neo, a program for teenagers in years 7 to 10!

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Announcement Regarding Illuminate 2017

Mitchell Salmon  |  8/08/2017 10:35:46 AM

After a period of reflection and some honest, frank assessments of our position this year, the decision has been made that Illuminate 2017 will not go ahead.

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Changes to the Administration of ChildSafe from 1 Jan 2018

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/07/2017 4:35:40 PM

Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania (CCVT) aims to support all our Affiliates to be communities of hope and compassion that are safe places for everyone.  

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YVQ15 | Ministry As A Family

Mitchell Salmon  |  18/07/2017 2:49:50 PM

Think of ‘family life’ and what immediately springs to mind? It might be seat-of-the-pants chaos, or perhaps order and routine bordering on the monotonous. If your experience of the family journey is anything like ours, ‘family life’ will probably sit somewhere along that spectrum at any given moment of any day or week, except for that precious, fleeting moment early on a Friday evening—the moment of the week when you collectively realise you have survived another one. 

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YVQ15 | Breaking Down Walls

Mitchell Salmon  |  18/07/2017 2:45:20 PM

It was November in 2009 and I was sitting a café waiting to meet my new boss. At the time, I was the Youth Pastor at Careforce Church (now known as Discovery Church) and while I was on annual leave I was informed of a restructure that had happened in our kids, youth, and young adult ministry. This restructure was to generate greater alignment between all these ministries and to create a seamless discipleship pathway from zero to thirty years old. So in my first week it was arranged for me to meet with Peter Lusk, who had taken on the role of Generations Pastor and talk about how this would be outworked and expressed in the youth ministry. 

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YVQ15 | Gathering or Dividing?

Mitchell Salmon  |  18/07/2017 2:30:12 PM

The discourse of generations as a set of competing agendas and separate cultures has grown in credibility, fluency, and popularity. Gen X are renowned as whingers for their cries as the sandwich generation, and point the finger at Boomers for their economic woes; Boomers are accused of being narcissistic; Millennials are accused of being self-obsessed and unreliable, while Gen Y throw up their hands in exasperation at the property hoarding of the previous generations. We’re not sure what to call the next cohort—Founders, Navigators, Regenerators, Bridgers; apparently an MTV survey found 544 names for the post-Millennial generation. While we might not agree on the specific labels and reject some of the most heavy handed stereotyping, the sociological idea of defining people circumstantially and characteristically by their age remains a recognised point of reference in social commentary. 

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Veta Morphus | Now's The Time To Plan For 2018

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/06/2017 12:46:06 PM

On the first weekend of March ths year, 110 VCE students and thirty leaders from across Victoria gathered together in Creswick to study the Bible and plan for a year of spiritual challenge and growth. In May they came together again, this time in the city to explore mission in urban contexts.  In between these retreats, they meet weekly in small groups, and every student has a mentor who supports them individually in their Christian life.

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Animate Summit | Activating Communities of Hope and Compassion

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/05/2017 2:05:11 PM

Dr Andrew Menzies, Principal of Stirling Theological College, delivered a keynote address at Animate Summit on the topic of 'Activating Communities of Hope and Compassion.' You can download his address and notes here.

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Animate Summit | Paul Cameron's Reflections

Mitchell Salmon  |  10/05/2017 1:46:05 PM

It all started on a whiteboard, in one of the meeting rooms at Fairfield, late last year. Six months later the 2017 CCVT Animate Summit is ‘done and dusted’. Looking back, we pretty much fulfilled the hopes and aspirations rather messily sketched out on that whiteboard.

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Animate Summit | 2017 Warmbrunn Address

Mitchell Salmon  |  8/05/2017 4:03:24 PM

On Saturday May 6, Dr Andrew Menzies, Principal of Stirling Theological College, delivered the Warmbrunn Address to those assembled at the 2017 Animate Summit and CCVT Inc AGM.

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Changes to WWCC

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 3:41:57 PM

Amendments have been made to the Working with Children Check Act 2005 ('the Act') following recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This is a good thing as these amendments make it easier to work out if a person requires a WWCC or not. They also close more of the loopholes that unsuitable people were using to gain access to kids.

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GMP | Marketing Manager Position Available

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 10:48:01 AM

Come and join the dynamic team at GMP’s Melbourne office and lead us in developing new and creative ways to present the stories of GMP’s partners to churches and supporters. You will be part of the GMP Communications Team in the development and implementation of our communication strategy and have an appreciation of the church based not for profit sector.

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Stop The Traffik Easter Choices

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 10:09:08 AM

For ten years, Stop the Traffik has been asking chocolate manufacutors to take action to prevent the use of child labour and slavery in their cocoa supply chains. 

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Easter Day

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 9:41:44 AM

It’s Easter time. Most of us know the story.

We think back to Good Friday; of God’s love expressed in the death of his son, Jesus. We think about the day in between: The desolate waiting, the bleak tension, Saturday.

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Good Friday

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/04/2017 9:27:14 AM

My guess is many of us have heard these words before: "God so loved the world that he gave his only son." Good Friday tells the story of the greatest gift of all.

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Missional Children’s Ministry Learning Cohort

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2017 10:20:52 AM

Join a cohort of leaders and teams to collaborate, experiment, share, reflect, learn, and adapt in the vital area of children and families mission.

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The Art of Neighbouring

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2017 9:53:16 AM

The Art of Neighbouring is a series of creative workshops about being an adaptive missional presence in your neighbourhood, for leaders of churches and agencies within CCVT.

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Animate Summit | Electives

Mitchell Salmon  |  21/03/2017 3:23:25 PM

As part of Animate Summit, CCVT is offering a selection of workshops for leaders on Thursday May 4. These workshops are training opportunities for ministers, elders, volunteers, and all leaders in Communities of Hope and Compassion. 

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Churches of Christ and Kids Hope Australia: A New Alliance

Mitchell Salmon  |  20/03/2017 10:35:34 AM

Kids Hope Australia (KHA) is the largest early intervention, school-based mentoring program in the country. Since 2004 thousands of disadvantaged children have been matched with mentors in primary schools. These caring relationships have a significant impact on children, helping meet their emotional and social development needs and enhancing their capacity to learn. KHA mentored children consistently show increased self-esteem, confidence, and resilience.

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GMP | Vic/Tas embody Relationship Manager Position Available

Mitchell Salmon  |  9/03/2017 10:58:57 AM

The GMP and embody team is looking for a young person passionate about facilitating youth and young adult engagement with global mission and advocacy to be their new Relationship Manager for Victoria and Tasmania.

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YVQ13 | What Is Supervision?

Mitchell Salmon  |  11/11/2016 4:36:01 PM

Pastoral supervision is a relationship between two or more practitioners who meet to consider the ministry of one or more of them in an intentional and disciplined way; a regular, planned, intentional and boundaried space in which a practitioner, skilled and trained in supervision (a supervisor), meets with one or more other practitioners (supervisees) to look together at the supervisee’s practices.

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YVQ13 | Learning To Abide

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/11/2016 4:25:56 PM

“Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5b NIV) Those words struck with a thud on my heart. 

I hit the wall, but could I get back up? I had already seen others hit the wall and stay down. I should have noticed the warning signs. It was this deep feeling inside, wondering if I had lost my way. I was so tired and worn out. I had lost almost all joy in ministry. What was I doing? How did I miss it? Why does God seem so far away when I’m doing his work? This burden and yoke did not feel light and easy! Do I throw in the towel like I had seen others do? 

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YVQ13 | A Deep Breath In

Mitchell Salmon  |  2/11/2016 4:14:52 PM

We were not made to go all the time. Quite the opposite actually: we were made to live in a rhythm of work and rest. Built into our design is a pattern for flourishing that is jeopardised by overwork as much as underwork. And to complement that design, God has given us a gift to ensure that we keep in step with our created rhythms: the Sabbath.

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GMP | Lives Changed by Great Gifts

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/10/2016 3:27:08 PM

Over the years you have chosen gifts from the COCOA (Churches of Christ Overseas Aid) Great Gifts catalogue that change lives and communities—improving health and sanitation, providing access to safe water, supporting community development, education and livelihood initiatives. Gifts like toilets, chickens, sewing machines, meals and uniforms for kids in Zimbabwe or South Sudan, or even larger gifts like a bull or a water pump. Your generosity has improved the standard of living for many individuals and communities, giving hope to their future.

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St Kilda Gatehouse | YWP Manager Position Available

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/10/2016 10:12:13 AM

St Kilda Gatehouse is seeking an experienced and creative manager to grow and strengthen the Young Women’s Project (YWP) based in Dandenong. YWP program plays a vital role in supporting girls and young women between 12 and 25 at risk of or affected by Commercial Sexual Exploitation. The YWP program is 18 months old and is an important part of St Kilda Gatehouse’s work.

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Expressions of Interest: Safe Places Coordinator

Mitchell Salmon  |  12/10/2016 3:55:06 PM

CCVT has initiated a new Safe Places Coordinator role and we are seeking Expressions of Interest from people interested in the role that will contribute to an important culture change within and beyond CCVT.

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GMP | When We Take Action, Lives Are Changed

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/10/2016 1:21:17 PM

Safe Water September is a time of reflection for us, and all those involved, about the devastating effects that unsafe water has on communities. It reminds us how privileged we are to have access to safe water.

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Agency Profile: Veta Youth

Mitchell Salmon  |  29/09/2016 2:22:36 PM

In 2003 a small group of Christian leaders, frustrated by limited opportunities for Christian growth for young people, set out to raise up a generation who would act as the hands and feet of Jesus, demonstrating his love in every area of life.  The result was Vetamorphus, a year-long discipleship experience that young people can complete as part of their senior school certificate, with over 2000 graduates to date.

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To the Editor, a Response to ‘How The Other Half Lives’

Mitchell Salmon  |  17/08/2016 3:00:00 PM

“Sexism is fundamentally a male problem,” wrote Mitch Salmon in his article in YVQ: MESSY as he urged men to take responsibility for their attitudes and actions toward women (YVQ12, July 2016). His statement stems from his frustration with those who deny the very real trauma going on constantly in homes around them. But if women are simply waiting for men to take responsibility for treating them with dignity, does this not leave us, as women, utterly powerless?

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YVQ12 | How The Other Half Lives

Mitchell Salmon  |  16/08/2016 12:20:31 PM

Elrond was in trouble. He had a bunch of thugs breathing down his neck, wishing him violent ill-will. Luckily for Elrond, I—his faithful and benevolent Game Master—sent help in the form of veteran Shadowrunner Abby Road pulling up in a stolen car.

Tabletop Role Playing Games like Shadowrun are board games taken to the next level. They require players to act out stories as their characters, such as Elrond, with dice deciding the outcomes of decisions, and a Game Master acting as all the characters who aren’t players...

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YVQ12 | The Good Aboriginal

Mitchell Salmon  |  12/08/2016 11:00:00 AM

I couldn’t count the amount of times people have told me that I am one of the ‘good Aboriginals’, someone that broke the typical stereotype of how an Aboriginal person is portrayed. I became a ‘good Aboriginal’ in their mind purely because I didn’t drink or take any drugs, I lived in a good home, and I was a committed worker not relying on ‘the dole’.

This is a very raw way to start an article but this is a real, re-occurring experience for me in my journey of understanding my Aboriginality—which is something that someone who is Aboriginal can struggle to understand. I have come across many contrasting ideals and perspectives about what an Aboriginal is or who we are supposed to be according to social media and statistics.

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YVQ12 | A Place to Call Home

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/08/2016 11:00:00 AM

I was born in Manila, Philippines, and moved to Melbourne with my family in 1989 as a 6 year old. One of the first conversations I had with my cousin (who had already been living in Australia for a few years) was “Who do you barrack for?” I didn’t understand what ‘barrack’ meant, but this conversation resulted in me deciding that Collingwood was my team (many of you probably think that was the worst decision!).

But as a 6 year old in this foreign place, all I wanted to do was fit in! So if barracking for a footy team was one of the things I had to do, so be it!

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YVQ12 | Risking It All To Bring Peace

Mitchell Salmon  |  3/08/2016 11:00:00 AM

Last week we shared Mother’s Day at our small local church. I sat next to a brave young woman who has more courage than most people I have ever met. As a warm up exercise we were asked to think of all the phrases our mums used that we now find slipping out of our mouths. We laughed as we shared one liners like, “You’ll thank me one day” and, “In my day…”. I glanced over at her and asked her quietly if she had one, she blushed and half whispered, “Don’t set him off…”

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YVQ12 | What's Normal?

Mitchell Salmon  |  1/08/2016 11:00:00 AM

‘Normal’ can be defined as conforming to the standard that is set around us. But what if the ‘standard’ that is being set around us is harming us more than helping us?

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YVQ12 | A Bridge

Mitchell Salmon  |  28/07/2016 11:00:00 AM

We live our lives in an unprecedented time, in a uniquely complicated place. We face some of the greatest challenges never before experienced by humankind. We experience the commodified sexualisation of the self in the global market that late stage capitalism has created in which we live our lives in immediately public ways.

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INTO Summit Wrap Up

Mitchell Salmon  |  19/05/2016 3:28:11 PM

Thanks for joining us at INTO Summit. All of us were able to learn new things about being INTO God, INTO Learning, and INTO Neighbourhood. The anecdotal feedback at the Summit has been really positive. You will see below an opportunity to give us more detailed feedback, and we encourage you to share your thoughts.

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embody | Prayer Matters

Mitchell Salmon  |  18/04/2016 1:04:24 PM

So often prayer takes a back seat in our lives. We know we should do it, and that we need to do it, but we just put it on the backburner. Personally, I know that I often say, “I’ll be praying for you” almost as a pleasantry, but I find myself forgetting completely. It is almost as if it is unimportant, or that I just find it too difficult to pray, or I just feel like I don’t know what to say!  It is something that I know I struggle with and plenty of others do to. This is why Prayer Matters exists. 

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Into Their World

Mitchell Salmon  |  13/04/2016 5:03:12 PM

During my time as a youth pastor I constantly battled with the question of ‘schools ministry’. I found that everyone had an opinion; some said that the only way to grow your youth group was to be in the schools, and others said that you shouldn’t spend your time in the schools but instead focus on growing your leaders. As someone who has worked in a school as a Student Mentor and now goes into schools to present seminars to students, I’ve decided that if the Church isn’t in the school community, then we are missing the point. Yes, another opinion, and you have to decide what works for you, but let’s look at why I think this and just what ‘being in a school’ means.

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Agency Profile: VETA

Mitchell Salmon  |  12/04/2016 12:52:48 PM

Veta Youth is a mission agency of CCVT. Here is a bit more about them.

Veta started almost 15 years ago by a group of Churches of Christ Vic/Tas ministry leaders who felt frustrated that the spiritual aspect of our lives is so restricted in our culture. They set out to help raise up a generation of Christian young people who act as the hands and feet of Jesus, demonstrating his love in every area of life; and, when they finish school, building communities centred on Christ, and loving and serving and working to see their universities, their workplaces, and their local neighbourhoods transformed by God’s love.

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I’ve Always Wanted To Be An Eagle

Mitchell Salmon  |  7/04/2016 4:59:47 PM

The Walpiri of central Australia have a saying about the wedge tail eagle (or Warlawurru). To be a good hunter like the eagle, you must be a silent hunter… quiet, a great listener, able to hear and observe what’s going on around you before making a move.

In the Walpiri way of integrated living and learning, hunting is analogous with learning or gaining in wisdom… so stories to do with hunting often are indications about ways to grow in understanding and wisdom as well.

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A Body Of Misfits

Mitchell Salmon  |  4/04/2016 4:56:05 PM

We were on holidays in Queensland when the official job offer to be Co-Leader of YV Vic/Tas came through. Two days before Christmas we spoke to a real estate agent and locked in a six month lease on a house that we hadn’t inspected and was scheduled to be demolished at the end of our lease. We knew very little about the area we were settling into, other than it would be near some friends, apparently close to some good schools, and not too far from work.

Four weeks later we arrived in Melbourne and have since discovered that the estate in which we temporarily live is one of the most desired in Doncaster East, and the house prices mean we will probably never be able to buy there.

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Easter Sunday

Mitchell Salmon  |  27/03/2016 10:00:00 AM

Some gifts last; some don't. Chocolate, cheese or a fine dining experience last moments, but soon become a faded memory. Alternatively, a book, a watch or jewellery are lasting gifts that keep on giving.

It might seem strange to talk about gifts on Easter Sunday, but today completes the second half of God's Christmas gift.

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Good Friday

Mitchell Salmon  |  25/03/2016 10:00:00 AM

Sacrifice is a word we rarely hear. Sometimes on Anzac Day; or a faint echo, a memory or wistful imagining, at Easter.

It is said the greatest love is a person laying down their life for a friend. Sacrifice.

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Media Release | Sanctuary

Mitchell Salmon  |  5/02/2016 3:00:00 PM
The Executive Officer of the Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania, Paul Cameron, today added his voice to the call by Anglican Primate, Archbishop Phillip Freier, for the Federal Government to change its “narrative on children in detention.”
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