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Assistant Bishops in the Diocese of Melbourne: The Tension between Centralisation and Regionalisation

Ames, Stephen (2000) Assistant Bishops in the Diocese of Melbourne: The Tension between Centralisation and Regionalisation. In: People of the Past? the Culture of Melbourne Anglicanism and Anglicanism in Melbourne’s Culture: papers to mark the 150th anniversary of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne 1847 – 1997. Conference and Seminar Series(No.9), ed. Holden, Colin. Dept. of History, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, pp. 121-140. ISBN 073401998X

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This paper traces the way the different roles of assistant bishops to the archbishop of the day in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne reflect different issues in church and society. Beginning with the appointment of the first assistant bishop in 1934 the story continues to 2000 with the diocese having four assistant bishops, to serve a much smaller Anglican church. The formation of regions of episcopal care in 1970 brings to light a number of tensions between centralisation and regionalisation in the diocese from 1970 to 2000. The story begins by recalling the opening of the sermon at the consecration of an assistant bishop in 1989 when the archbishop began his sermon by noting the view held by some that an assistant bishop was a theological anomaly. The archbishop said this deserved to be considered in view of the action about to take place. In the preceding period since 1934 no one had suggested any such anomaly about assistant bishops. This is just one signal of the developing life of the church in this diocese and of the tensions this paper aims to discuss.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: bishops, centralisation, regionalisation
Fields of Research: 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture > 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: Ministry Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Rev Dr Stephen JAH Ames
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 00:26
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019 00:26
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3430

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