From the Vicar

Weekly messages from Ray

Seventh Sunday of Easter

This Sunday is my final day with you as your Locum priest and the Incumbency committee is hard at work. In the interim if a clergyperson is needed, please contact the Church wardens.

The last 11 months have gone past very quickly as we have travelled together on our journey of faith. This has involved being in Lockdown and the need to zoom services and has also meant the cancellation or postponement of planned shared activities. Several of us through the year have caught Covid including myself and thankfully we have all recovered. I give thanks for the efforts of researchers, carers, medical staff, political leaders and all who have contributed to maintain the health and well-being of our community.

During our time together we have committed ourselves to create a new entity for the parish. I know this has not always been easy and many of the challenges continue. I have appreciated the support of many across the two churches in my own ministry and commend you for the way you all seek to be faithful to the Gospel. It is not possible to mention everyone by name because without doubt I would leave some names off.

As I have said previously there has been much learning in our community over the past two years of the need for better health, aged care, and infrastructure services needed to ensure the quality of life for us all is protected and responsive to life in Australia in the 21st Century. This must also include a better detail for refuges and asylum seekers, the homeless, and the creation itself. The voice of this parish community in many of these issues has been strong and consistent. I hope this continues. 

A change in Government at the Federal level including an increase in the number of independents and green representatives will I hope to inspire us all to look to the future with hope and anticipation.

Today’s Gospel has Jesus speaking and praying to the Father for us all. He is praying that we may be called into the life of God. This passage is about our relationship with God and one another. It is not about structures. How fitting then that today we welcome a new child into the fellowship of Christ.

For the disciples of Jesus in South Darebin may we be encouraged that Jesus continues to uphold us in our mission for the days ahead.



Rev’d Canon Dr Ray Cleary AM
Locum Vicar, All Saints

A lifelong advocate for many of the most disadvantaged groups in society

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Over the next two Sundays, we were to have the privilege of two baptisms at St James. One is of a child who with their family has moved into the area from Glen Iris and I am advised late Monday that this will need to be re-scheduled.  The second one is from a family with…

Voting season

I am writing this in the week before Australians are to go to the polls to elect a new Federal Parliament. I support the view that the Church or churches should not engage directly in the political process by advocating for a political party or an individual as the Australian Christian Lobby has, exceeding the…

I commend to you the following reflections and reading from blogs and websites.

Aspect June 2022

The June 2022 newsletter of Anglicare Australia, Aspect, includes articles on the election result, minimum wage and living costs, and safer Buy Now Pay Later.

You can read the full newsletter by subscribing free at Aspect Newsletter – Anglicare Australia.

Aspect May 2022

The May 2022 newsletter of Anglicare Australia, Aspect, includes interesting perspectives on rental affordability, aged care and the upcoming election. You can read the full newsletter by subscribing free at Aspect Newsletter – Anglicare Australia

How does the church resist an unjust state?

Michael DeJonge’s informative opinion piece at ABC Religion and Ethics in 2019 is just as relevant today.

Hope against hope

Andrew Hamilton writes in Eureka Street: Taken together the events of recent years suggest that we face a crisis, a time in which the working assumptions that have guided our personal and collective lives no longer hold. If we do not change we face increasing threats to the world that we shall hand on to our children.

Five Ideas Australia Needs Now

Ahead of the Federal Election, Anglicare Australia has released five bold ideas for candidates and parties, calling for:

  • A basic income
  • A jobs guarantee
  • A community climate fund
  • A home for every Australian
  • Governing for all: A people’s inquiry into Covid-19.

We are “all children of God”

Diversity is an enduring theme at the heart of the Christian story, writes Bishop Jeremy Greaves in ABC Religion and Ethics.

Australia “Shamefully Shirking” taking its fair share of Afghan Refugees

Tim Costello explains why our hearts are breaking in Micah Australia.

The Greatness of Desmond Tutu

Bob Geldof writes in the Guardian how Desmond Tutu taught us all the true meaning of greatness.

NAIDOC Yarning Conference

I would like to share with you a short video from 700 Year 5 students in Darebin schools who participated in the Fourth Darebin Schools’ NAIDOC Yarning Conference. The video highlighted the students’ and the schools’ commitment to taking action to heal Country by doing the little Long Walk (a tradition of the Yarning Conference – and marching for justice around their school and community), watching a film by the Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Land Management team, Narrap, and planting indigenous species at their schools through Council’s Rewilding program.