Influential Sydney Diocese Elects 1st Non-White Abp.

The Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel, dean of Sydney’s St. Andrew’s Cathedral, was unanimously elected as the 12th Archbishop of Sydney by the diocese’s synod on May 6. Raffel, a London-born Sri Lankan and a Buddhist convert to Christianity, will be the first person of color to lead the vibrant conservative evangelical diocese, which has great power and influence in the GAFCON network.

Tribunal Authorizes Same-Sex Blessings in Australia

The Anglican Church of Australia's highest legal authority has ruled on narrow legal grounds that a liturgy for same sex blessings approved in 2019 by the Diocese of Wangaratta is valid, and that the Diocese of Newcastle may revise its clergy discipline rules to prohibit disciplinary action against priests who enter into same sex marriages.

Bp. Donald Robinson (1923-2018)

Bishop Donald Robinson, a major proponent of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney’s Reformed theological tradition, died Sept. 7.

‘Distinctive Coexistence’

Archbishop Glenn Davies of Sydney has asked the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia to consider a model for peaceful coexistence.

Calming the Storm

After a contentious national vote on same-sex marriage, a new commission will explore how Australian law protects freedom of religion.