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AWW magazine shows same-sex and single Australians looking overseas to have children
· July 29, 2013 10:00 AM
An article in the latest edition of the Australian Women’s Weekly magazine has highlighted the advancements in fertility science allowing single and same-sex couples to have children, and their willingness to venture overseas to do so.
The article –
One father, two eggs, two wombs
– tells the story of a gay man in Perth who travelled to India in search of donors and surrogates to carry two babies to full-term pregnancy. After paying for two eggs from an Indian donor, and paying another two Indian women to be their surrogates, he had two baby girls, “twiblings” as they were labelled in the article.
The egg donor was paid $500. Each of the surrogates was paid $6000, and was required to stay at the clinic throughout the process, even though both women were married and had other children of their own. Both women also received an extra $1000 for "enduring a caesarean".
When the staff at the clinic overseeing this process knew the father hoped his children would be born on the same day, they induced the second woman after the first went into labour.
This story is one of many which should cause society to question a practice which denies children the right to be raised by their mother and father . Aside from taking advantage of vulnerable women in a poor country like India, this practice also removes from these children the right to know their biological heritage.
In this case, the donor mother already has a child, which means the girls would be denied the knowledge of their half sibling and possibly others in the future. Despite giving them Indian middle names, the article states “the prospect of the twiblings meeting the three women who brought them into this world is unlikely”.
The best interests of children are being lost and ignored under such circumstances. Children have a fundamental right to be born from natural origins which is acknowledged by the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that a child shall have, ‘as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents’.
Will we need to nationally apologise to this generation of children in 20 years’ time for doing nothing to protect their rights, but instead pursuing the desires of their ‘parent/s’?
The media has the ability to bring to light the situations that place children in a vulnerable state.
Earlier this year, columnist for The Australian newspaper Angela Shanahan wrote about the former Prime Minister’s apology to victims of forced adoption. The article explores the hypocrisy between the formal apology and same-sex and single surrogacy. Read this article
The Australian Family Association: National Marriage Day events in NSW and WA
· July 23, 2013 10:00 AM
The Australian Family Association (AFA) will be holding events in New South Wales and Western Australia to celebrate National Marriage Day, and you are invited to attend.
National Marriage Day is a chance to celebrate the special union of marriage, and to recognise the need of children to both a mother and a father.
AFA is a not-for-profit, voluntary, and non-party political organisation formed to be provide a forum and a vehicle for those individuals and organisations in the community concerned with the strengthening and support of the family unit. AFA was also one of the major sponsors of this year's World Congress of Families (WCF) event in Sydney. Read the declaration made by the WCF 2013
We encourage you to get behind National Marriage Day by attending an AFA event or by helping to organise an event in your own state. Find out more about how you can do this by visiting the
New South Wales - Penrith
Tuesday 11th August 2013
A picnic at Tench Reserve, Penrith
Bring a plate to share
Western Australia - Perth (event sponsored by the AFA and Knights of the Southern Cross)
Tuesday 13th August 2013
Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, Perth
More details are on the
ABSENT film now screening in your state
· June 11, 2013 10:00 AM
is a documentary by award-winning journalist and director Justin Hunt, about the impact of fathers on children and society. It has won six international awards.
The documentary is now being released in Australia, and you are invited to attend a screening of it in your state this month.
The film explores the powerful effects of fathers on their children's lives and shows the importance of love, respect and acceptance desperately needed for young men and women to grow up emotionally healthy.
includes interviews with social experts like John Eldridge and Richard Rohr. There are also interviews with James Hetfield of the band Metallica, and boxing world champion Johnny Tapia.
Director Justin Hunt spoke recently to ACL's Katherine Spackman about the documentary. Listen to the interview
to access a list of screening dates and times in a city near you.
Be sure to watch the trailer above, and visit the
for more information.
ACL's Jim Wallace writes in the Illawarra Mercury
· April 17, 2013 10:00 AM
Below is a copy of an opinion piece written by ACL's Managing Director Jim Wallace, first published in the
Marriage is mother + father = kids
If some in popular culture are to be believed, redefining marriage to include same-sex couples is straight forward and has no adverse consequences.
This idea has gone unchallenged in part because of a fundamental shift in society from the community to the individual. Where once change was judged on its impact on the common good, now extreme individualism seeks its good first.
This mindset was on display in last week’s ABC 7.30 piece on polyamorous relationships. Polyamory is an open relationship involving more than one couple. Most revealing in the story were the final words of one of the polyamorists: “it’s all about people being happy and comfortable in whatever relationship they want to be in”.
Actually in Western society that has never been what marriage relationships have been “all about”.
They have primarily been about providing children the natural and stable relationship in which they flourish best, a commitment between their biological mother and father in marriage.
For that reason marriage has been viewed as not just about “us” but the children we bring into this world.
It is the relationship defined by the biological and sexual complimentarily of men and women. Marriage protects the biological identity of children. It provides the best environment for them to flourish.
Marriage should be reinforced by governments with much more vigour than wanting to enforce protection of the natural environment for trees.
As important as they are, trees are not in the same league as children.
It is interesting that those agitating to redefine marriage scoff at suggestions it will lead to polyamory. Yet the 7:30 story is evidence the former has led to unquestioning discussion of the later, something once unthinkable.
Last year the Australian Parliament voted overwhelmingly against Illawarra MP Stephen Jones’ same-sex marriage bill. The bill was defeated by a margin of two to one.
The vote came after a long and at times ugly debate within the Labor Party that saw it abandon its long-held position on marriage.
This was despite the fact that Labor went to the polls with a very clear promise they would not redefine marriage.
Government must legislate for what is best for children. We can be presented with any number of heart-rending examples of same-sex couple’s love, but they do not change the simple biological truth that it is different and not marriage.
Marriage will figure prominently in most Christians’ considerations at election time.
In a question distributed to a random representative sample in the National Church Life Survey in 2011, 49 per cent of respondents rated marriage and family in the top four issues of 13 options on the survey.
Marriage, the regional solution for asylum seekers, filtering dangerous and illegal content from the internet, supporting mums through the baby bonus, maintaining the unique character of the school chaplaincy program, problem gambling and meeting our international obligations on overseas aid were all commitments made to Christians at the last election.
Both sides of politics have disappointed at different times over the last three years on these issues, but only the Coalition has maintained its promise on marriage.
As people make up their minds who to support over the coming months there will certainly be no shortage of issues to consider, but for most Christians marriage will be one of them.
If a week is a long time in politics then Election Day is still an eternity away. Our politicians would do well to spend that time articulating a positive, credible vision for our nation that includes preserving and strengthening marriage as the very foundational block on which society is built.
Jim Wallace is Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby group.
French politicians want to replace mum and dad with parent '1' and '2'
· November 14, 2012 11:00 AM
France's new government wants to remove the terms 'mother' and 'father' and replace them with 'parent 1' and 'parent 2' to foster a more gender equal environment for families, and to pave the way for legalising same-sex marriage. A
Herald Sun article
last month explained that such ideas have moved to other places like Sweden as well, which is looking to create a separate term 'hen' to replace the words 'his' and 'hers.'
These ideas are nonsensical as they completely obliterate the importance of motherhood and fatherhood in the upbringing of children. Fathers and mothers parent differently from one another, and providing that diversity in a child's upbringing is contributing to the development of a well-rounded and balanced person.
Take, for example, the building of confidence in a child. When families go to any playground, dads encourage kids to swing a little higher, to ride their bikes a little faster, while mums tend to want to protect them. Having both characteristics in each parent keeps each other in balance, and helps their children remain safe while expanding their experiences and confidence.
To cut out 'mum' and 'dad' is to remove from society the fundamental nature of human beings and their interaction with one another. It would deny children the right to fully benefit from the love of their mother and father, and erode the very nature of family as the foundation of social life.
MR: ACL concerned for rights of parents under new Tasmanian relationships and sexuality education strategy
· October 03, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern about the rights of parents after the release of a new relationships and sexuality education strategy by the Tasmanian state Education Department includes teaching homosexuality to children.
Although the curriculum will not be mandatory for schools to take, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues would be covered in the teaching plans.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said parents should have the right to determine how their children were taught about issues of sexuality, including homosexuality.
“It is important that parents have forewarning about the material that will be taught and a choice in what their children are being taught. Parents should have the right to know about and opt their children out of these classes should their school adopt this new program," Mr Brown said.
Studies show that many adolescents go through a period of confusion about their sexuality but this does not mean they are homosexual and many go on to lead a heterosexual lifestyle.
Data from the National Health and Social Life Survey shows that three quarters of boys who think they are gay turn away naturally from a same-sex identity between the ages of around 16 to 25.
Mr Brown also said that teaching homosexuality to children as normative is not the way to combat the issue of bullying in schools.
“Bullying is a phenomenon that needs to be eliminated in all of its various manifestations.”
Mr Brown said ACL was concerned that this was being used as part of the gay lobby’s political push for same-sex marriage.
“This parental right to choice about what their children are taught is clearly something that is at risk if gay marriage created the legal and cultural cement under which it cannot be challenged.
“This has been clearly indicated by cases in the US,” Mr Brown said.
French push for gay marriage includes ban on 'mother' and 'father'
· September 27, 2012 10:00 AM
France is planning to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from all its official documents and replace them with the word 'parents' under new moves to legalise same-sex marriage.
An article published by The Telegraph newspaper tells of these controversial plans and the concern by the French Catholic church which has spoken out against the changes. A French Catholic Cardinal warned of the consequences of gay marriage, saying that it could lead to polygamy and the taboo on incest falling.
This issue brings to light the possible consequences should gay marriage be legalised. It would deny children the right to fully benefit from the love of their mother and father, and erode the very nature of family as the foundation of social life.
For more information, please read
The Telegraph article
The World Congress of Families invites you to join them in Sydney in 2013
· September 24, 2012 10:00 AM
The World Congress of Families (WCF) invites you to join them next year in Sydney to explore how business, government, education, law, healthcare and the media can strengthen families for the benefit of society.
The WCF seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society.
It was founded in 1997 by Dr Allan Carlson of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society in the US. Every few years, it holds an event focused on intense teaching, learning, networking and exchange as those who seek to strengthen and promote the natural family tackle some of the most complex issues affecting family life today. It attracts some 1,000 to 3,000 participants with a broad range of the world's major speakers on the family including leaders in politics, religion and sociology.
The WCF has been successfully hosted in places such as Prague, Geneva, Mexico City and Warsaw, and will be held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere in Sydney 2013.
We encourage you to show your support for keeping the natural family unit intact by attending this important event.
Details are as follows:
15-18 May, 2013
Australian Technology Park, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh NSW
GET AN ADDITIONAL 20% OFF ADVERTISED REGISTRATION FEES BY USING THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONAL CODES WHEN YOU REGISTER:
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To register or to find out more information, please visit the
MR: Leading UK QC warns teachers who refuse to teach gay marriage will be sacked
· September 11, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has renewed its concern about the consequences of same-sex marriage after a
senior UK QC advised
that teachers could possibly be sacked for refusing to endorse it in the classroom.
An expert on religious freedom and human rights, Aidan O’Neill also advised that parents would not be able to pull their children out of lessons if they object to them being taught about gay marriage.
“It is naïve for our government to think that religious freedom would not be challenged in Australia if the definition of marriage is changed,” ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said.
Not only does Mr O’Neill mention the influence it would have on education systems, he also refers to the most serious consequence being felt within the church where vicars and priests could be taken to court if they refuse to conduct a gay marriage ceremony.
“The Government must bring this issue to a head through a vote in the Parliament next week,” Mr Wallace said.
“It is totally irresponsible for a government to create a legal vulnerability to people in the exercise of their fundamental human right of religious freedom and conscience.”
MR: Christian leaders urge Parliament to protect the definition of marriage
· September 10, 2012 10:00 AM
Sunday 9 September 2012
With Parliamentary debate on marriage beginning again tomorrow in Canberra, 19 of Australia’s denominational leaders and 267 other church leaders have urged the Parliament to protect the Marriage Act.
The leaders have signed a joint statement calling for the Act to remain unchanged.
There are four bills to change the definition of marriage before the Parliament, two of which are expected to be voted on in coming weeks.
“Marriage is the lifelong commitment and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family because it secures the relationship between biological parents and their children,”
The statement says.
Joint Statement on the Significance of Marriage
Marriage is the lifelong commitment and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family because it secures the relationship between biological parents and their children.
As Christian leaders representing different denominations or churches, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage. We honour the unique love between husbands and wives; the vital place of fathers and mothers in the life of children; and the corresponding ideal for all children to know the love and role modelling of a father and mother.
Marriage thus defined is a great good in itself, and it also serves the good of others and society, as it has done for thousands of years. The preservation of the unique meaning of marriage is therefore not a special or limited interest, but serves the common good, particularly the good of children.
We call on Parliament to:
protect this definition of marriage in Australian law, and
not change the meaning of marriage by adding to it different kinds of relationships.
MEDIA INQUIRIES TO SIGNATORIES
Pastor Wayne Alcorn, National President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
The Most Reverend Peter Jensen, Archbishop of the Diocese of Sydney, ANGLICAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor Tim Jack, National Leader, APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUSTRALIA
Pastor David McDonald, National Chairman, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE AUSTRALIA
His Eminence Cardinal George Pell AC, Archbishop of Sydney, CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY
Pastor Mark Connor, Senior Minister, CITYLIFE CHURCH
Reverend Dr Margaret Court, Senior Pastor, VICTORY LIFE CENTRE INCORPORATED
Very Rev Dr Michael Protopopov OAM, Australian & New Zealand Diocese, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE RUSSIA
Pastor Bill Vasilakis, National Chairman, CRC CHURCHES INTERNATIONAL
The Right Reverend David Jones, Moderator General, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
His Grace Bishop Suriel, Diocese of Melbourne & Affiliated Regions, COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Tadros El-Bakhoumi, Diocese of Sydney & Affiliation Regions, COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
Commissioner James Condon, Territorial Commander, THE SALVATION ARMY EASTERN TERRITORY
Commissioner Raymond Finger, Territorial Commander, THE SALVATION ARMY SOUTHERN TERRITORY
Pastor Ken Vogel, General Secretary, Australian Union Conference, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Pastor Graham Nelson, Senior Minister, LIFE MINISTRY CENTRE
The Most Reverend Denis Hart, President, AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
Reverend Keith Jobberns, National Ministries Director, AUSTRALIAN BAPTIST MINISTRIES, BAPTIST UNION OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Father Abram Abdelmalek, Parish Priest, HEAD OF THE COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF WA
Pastor Gloria J Alcock, NORTHERN HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CHURCH
Senior Elder Barry K Alcock, NORTHERN HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CHURCH
Pastor Andrew Allinson, Associate Pastor, NORTH PINE BAPTIST CHURCH, MURRUMBA DOWNS
Pastor Faamanuia Aloalii, HOSANNA LOGAN CITY CHURCH
Pastor Ruta Aloalii, HOSANNA LOGAN CITY CHURCH
Pastor David Alston, LIVING HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, A FOURSQUARE GOSPEL CHURCH
Pastor Craig Anderson, Senior Pastor, PLENTY VALLEY CHURCH
Reverend Matthew Anstey, GOLD COAST CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Pastor Keith Applegate, KENMORE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Andrew Appleton, LOGAN CITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Father Matthew Attia, ST GEORGE CHURCH KENSINGTON, NSW
Pastor Ray Baker, CROSSWATER CHURCH
Anne Baker, CROSSWATER CHURCH
Reverend Father Paula Elkomos Balamon, POPE SHENOUDA COPTIC CENTRE, LONG POINT NSW
Reverend Peter Barber, ST ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH TOWNSVILLE (PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIAN IN QLD)
Pastor Russell Barker, ROCKY CAPE FAMILY CHURCH, APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUSTRALIA
Pastors John and Jenny Barnes, HOUSE OF THE ROCK CHURCH, GISBORNE
Reverend Father Arsanious Barsoum, THE APOSTLE & ST ABANOUB CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Reverend Father Youhanna Bastawrous, ST MARY & ST MERCURIOUS CHURCH, RHODES NSW
Reverend Jay Beatty, CHUWAR BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Barry Benz, GATTON CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastors Brian and Annette Bernays, C3 CHURCH TAMWORTH
Pastor Lorenzo Berry, HERVEY BAY & MARYBOROUGH SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES
Reverend Stuart Bonnington, SCOTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FREMANTLE
Pastors Paul and Trischa Botha, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Reverend Noel Bowditch, Rector, THE ANGLICAN PARISH OF BURNIE
Pastors Mark and Rina Bowhay, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Father Anastasios Bozikis, GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF ST GEORGE, BRISBANE
Pastor B.E. Bramblet, FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH QLD
Reverend Andrew J Bray, Immediate Past Moderator PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF VICTORIA & Interim Moderator, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH GEELONG
Captain Dale Brooks, Corps Officer, Northside Corps, THE SALVATION ARMY AUSTRALIA EASTERN TERRITORY
Pastors Roger and Linda Brown, MORNING STAR MINISTRIES, QLD
Pastor Philip Brown, PORT CITY CHURCH
Elder Ken Bruce, COC BASSENDEAN
Reverend Tony Burgum, FERNTREE GULLY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Philip Burns, BENDIGO PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Pastor Gordon Busse, CALOUNDRA CITYLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Cameron Butcher, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BALLARAT
Reverend David Butterfield, JIMBOOMBA BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Murray Campbell, Lead Pastor, MENTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Mike Cardy, LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CHURCH, LANCELIN
Reverend Greg Carle, KANGAROO FLAT BAPTIST CHURCH, VIC
Pastor Bruce Chant, Executive Pastor, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Pastor Geoff Charles, SPRINGWOOD CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastors Charmayne and Steven Chinnery, SIGNS MINISTRIES
Pastor Steve Christian, TOOWOOMBA NORTH CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Malcolm Clard, MERREDIN CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Josh Cocks, BEAUDESERT BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Greg Coleman, Associate Pastor, DESTINY CHURCH, CABOOLTURE
Pastor Dean Comeford, GYMPIE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Kerry Connell, Executive Pastor, SOUTH BANK BAPTIS CHURCH
Pastor Peter Constantine, RIVERCITY FAMILY CHURCH
Pastor Ken Conwell, BEENLEIGH & DISTRICT BAPTIST CHURCH, QLD
Pastor Tim Cooper, LIFEHOUSE CHURCH, MAITLAND
Pastor Andrew Corbett, LAGANA CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Pastor Dermot Cottuli, Tasmanian State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (ACC)
Reverend Warren Crank, NORTHREACH BAPTIST CHURCH, TOWNSVILLE
Pastor Mike Cronin, Australian Missions Director, CRC CHURCH INTERNATIONAL
Pastor Daron Crothers, C2C Minister, LIFESTREAMS CHRISTIAN CHURCH, SOUTH PERTH
Pastor Greg Cumming, KING'S CHRISTIAN CENTRE, GOLD COAST
Pastor Shayne Cunningham, COASTWIDE CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Millin Curtis, CONNECT CHURCH CABOOLTURE, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Pastors Nigel and Margaret Darch, THE LIFE CENTRE CHURCH, BROADBEACH, GOLD COAST, QLD
Pastor Paul Dare, MUNDUBBERA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Michael Dasey, GUNGAHLIN ANGLICAN CHURCH
Thomas Davenport, National Leader, DADS IN FAMILIES FOUNDATION
Reverend Dr Max Davidson, MALYON COLLEGE
Pastor Fred Davis, ACACIA RIDGE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Kevan Denny, SUNNYBANK CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Father Mina Diskoros, ST. ABRAM CHURCH MACQUARIE FIELDS, NSW
Reverend Bruce Docker, ANNERLEY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Chris Downes SILVERDALE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Jonathan Downs, Assistant Pastor, CALVARY CHAPEL UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, CANBERRA ACT
Pastor John W Downs, General Superintendent, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Dr Mark Durie, Vicar, ST MARY'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, CAULFIELD VIC
Reverend Tim Dyer, KILSYTH SOUTH BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Bill Eckersley, DALBY BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Barry Edwards, LONGREACH BAPTIST CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Augustinos El-Antony, ST. ABU NOFER CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Reverend Father Misael El-Antony, ST. MARY & ST. SIDHOM BESHAY CHURCH, DURAL NSW
Reverend Father Stephanos El-Antony, ST. MOSES THE MIGHTY & ST'S MAXIMOUS & DOMADIOS CHURCH, GOULBURN NSW
Reverend Father Moussa El-Antony, ST. MINA & ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, COOPERPLAINS QLD
Reverend Rowan Evans, Associate Pastor, CITY TABERNACLE BAPTIST, QLD
Pastor Karl Faase, GYMEA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Christian Fandrich, REDEEMER EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, TOOWOOMBA
Pastor George Ferguson, WATER OF LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, MOUNT ISA QLD
Reverend Geoff Findlay, WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, BELCONNEN
Pastor Dom Fiocco, WODEN VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH
Reverend Peter Francis, CITY TABERNACLE BAPTIST, QLD
Pastor Peter Frogley, GINNINDERRA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ACT
Pastors Steve and Grace Fuhrmann, GOOD NEWS CHURCH, BUNBURY
Reverend Father Hanna Gad, ST. DEMIANA & ST. ATHANSIOS CHURCH, PUNCHBOWL NSW
Reverend Father Basilios Gad, ST. PAUL & ST. REWAIS CHURCH, COLAROY NSW
Reverend Dr Chris Ganter, ROCKHAMPTON BAPTIST TABERNACLE
Pastor Steven Gellatly, MURGON DISTRICT BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Larry Gibb, CHURCH OF CHRIST, KALGOORLIE WA
Pastors Paul and Robyn Glazbrook, COVENANT FAMILY CHURCH, SA
Pastor Garth Grant, MONTMORENCY COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Father Abdelmessieh Guirgis, ST. MARY & ST. BAKHOMIOS CHURCH, KIRRAWEE NSW
Reverend Geoff Haase, CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE
Very Reverend Father Pavlos Hanna, ST. ABANOUB CHURCH, BLACKTOWN NSW
Pastor David Helyar, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN SA
Pastor Barry Henderson, TOWNSVILLE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH INC.
Pastor Damien Heres, DREAMBUILDERS CHURCH, SMITHTON
Pastor V.L. Hinds, TAMAR VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Reverend Paul Horton, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Tracy Horton, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Patrick Humberston, CORNERSTONE CHURCH
Reverend Matt Hunt, CROSSLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Pastor John Hunt, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, QLD/NT
Reverend Father Athanasios Ibrahim, ST. MARY & ST. COSMAN & DEMIAN CHURCH, HARRIS PARK NSW
Pastor Adrian Iles, AGNES WATER BAPTIST CHURCH
Dr Paul Inglis, UNITING CHURCH COMMUNITY MINISTER, QLD
Reverend Rob Isaachsen, Founder, TRANSFORMING MELBOURNE
Reverend Father Jonathan Ishak, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Very Reverend Father Rafael Iskander, ST. GEORGE CHURCH, KENSINGTON NSW
Pastor Paul Jackson, PARK RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Lance Jackson JP, GLEN INNES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Pastor Debra Jenkins, APOSTOLIC PENTECOSTAL FAITH CHURCH
Pastor Royree Jensen, RIVER OF LIFE CITY CHURCH
Pastor Stephen Jobe, M CITY CHURCH, MARYBOROUGH QLD
Pastor Roy John Johnston, NCCC
Reverend Kim L Jones, LIBERTY FAMILY CHURCH, GOSFORD NSW
Elder Norman Kalagayan, JESUS IS LORD CHURCH, CANBERRA
Reverend Charles Kennedy, ULVERSTONE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Peter Kentley, Convenor, RIVER OF LIFE CONFERENCE
Very Reverend Father Macros Khela, ST. GEORGE CHURCH, KENSINGTON NSW
Rueben Kositsin, SLAVIC EVANGELICAL FULL GOSPEL CHURCH OF TASMANIA
Pastor Candance Lahr, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Reverend Grant Lawry, CANTERBURY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Clinton Le Page, DONVALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Murray Lean, CITY NORTH BAPTIST CHURCH
Dr Morris Lee, GATEWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Gary Lockyer, KNOX COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Dr David Loder, General Superintendent, QUEENSLAND BAPTISTS
Reverend Albert Loder, BUNDABERG BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Dr David Logan, ARMIDALE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Wayne Lyons, HIGH STREET CHURCH, QUEANBEYAN
The Ven Peter MacPherson, Archdeacon of Box Hill, Senior Minister, ST. ALFRED'S BLACKBURN NORTH
Very Reverend Father Yacoub Magdy, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Reverend Father David Mahrous, VIRGIN MARY CHURCH, CALAMVALE QLD
Pastor Slawomir Malarek, EDENS LANDING SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Reverend Allan Male, CHURCH OF CHRIST, BOONDALL QLD
Very Reverend Father Luke Malik, ST. MARY & ST. MARINA CHURCH, PENRITH NSW
Reverend Father Shenouda Mansour, ST. ANTHONY & ST. PAUL CHURCH, GUILDFORD NSW
Pastor Eric Marquez, JESUS IS LORD, CANBERRA
Pastor Ed Marshall, MOORE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Jenny Marshall, MOORE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Russell Matthews, Associa e Pastor, WINDSOR ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH
Colonel Wayne Maxwell, Chief Secretary, THE SALVATION ARMY, AUSTRALIAN EASTERN TERRITORY
Reverend Dr Edgar Mayer, LIVING GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, TOOWOOMBA
Pastor David McAllan, ECHUCA COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Stuart McClelland, President, FULL GOSPEL CHURCHES OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor Garry McDonald, METRO CHURCH
Reverend Ian McIver, CALOUNDRA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor John McMartin, State President, AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN NSW
Lewis C McMaster, Director, EMMANUEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS & MINISTRIES INC.
Pastor Tim McMenamin, SANCTUARY PARK CHURCH OF CHRIST, NAMBOUR
Pastor Sandy McMillan, ST. AIDAN'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WAGGA WAGGA
Reverend Frank Meijer, FAITHPOINT, SHELLHARBOUR NSW
Very Reverend Father Michael Michael, ST. MARY & ST. MINA CHURCH, BEXLEY NSW
Pastors Gary and Gloria Middleton, HOLYROUND MINISTRIES, WA
Alexander Minchenko, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, SYNDEY NSW
Pastor Don Modarelli, NORTHERN BEACHES PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BEACON HILL NSW
Pastor Duncan Moody, NORTH PINE BAPTIST CHURCH, MURRUMBA DOWNS
Pastor Rod Morris, ST. STEPHEN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, GREYTHORN NORTH BALWYN
Reverend Vivian Morse, WYNYARD BAPTIST CHURCH, TASMANIA
Pastor Lyall Muller, GLADSTONE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Gary Mulquiney, KAMBAH ANGLICAN CHURCH
Reverend Father Augustinos Nada, ST. MARK CHURCH, ARNCLIFFE NSW
Reverend Father George Nakhil, ST. DEMIANA & ST. ATHANASIOUS CHURCH, PUNCHBOWL NSW
Leonid Nehoroshev, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, GOLD COAST QLD
Dr Haydn Nelson, RIVERVIEW CHURCH, PERTH
Pastor Larry Nelson, GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH, WANNEROO WA
Reverend Doug Newman, ST. PAUL'S, SPENCE ACT
Pastor Wayne Nichols, HARVEST CHRISTIAN CENTRE & GRACE CHRISTIAN CENTRE
Pastor Jenny Nixon, KINGAROY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Steve Nixon, KINGAROY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Rob Nyhuis, SOUTH EASTERN CHRISTIAN CENTRE
Pastor Jonathan Oastler, CITILIFE CHURCH TOOWOOMBA (CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE)
Reverend David O'Brien, WAVERLEY BAPTIST CHURCH, VIC
Pastor Maurie O'Connell, HOUSE OF GOD CHURCH, JERRABOMBERRA
Pastor Eddie Olsen, TUMUT VALLEY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Pastors Tim and Sharon O'Neill, Senior Leaders, NEW DIRECTIONS, LAUNCESTON TAS
Pastor Mark Oommen, VICTORY LIFE CHURCH, BROOME
Pastor Phil Oster, GINNINDERRA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, ACT
Pastor David Palmer, BELIEVE CHURCH, QLD
Reverend Neil Pattemore, FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Pastor Ruth Peckman, TOOWOOMBA COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Minister Greg Peisley, PITT TOWN ANGLICAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Geoff Pengilly, NORTH BELCONNEN BAPTIST
Pastor Randy Perkins, NORTHPOINTE BAPTIST CHURCH, GUNGAHLIN ACT
Reverend Stewart Pieper, GLADSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Peter Pilt, Senior Pastor, COC, NOWRA NSW
Pastor Andy Pitt, ONE CHURCH PERTH, MERRIWA WA
Pastor Matt Prater, NEW HOPE BRISBANE
Pastor Stuart Quarterman, Campus Pastor, CROSSLIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Father Peter B Quin, ST. IGNATIUS PARISH, TOOWONG
Very Reverend Father Georgious Ramandious, ST. GORGE & PRINCE TADROS CHURCH, LIVERPOOL NSW
Reverend Dr Andrew Reid, Lead Pastor, HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH, VIC
Reverend Steve Roberts, ALBION PARK ANGLICAN CHURCH
Reverend Brian Robertson, CORAL COAST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, A BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY
Reverend David Rock, CHURCH BY THE BAY, PORTARLINGTON
Pastor Steve Rodda, HORNSBY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Bob Rogers, STAFFORD HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH, QLD
Pastor Len Rossow, GENESIS CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
Pastor Moa Sailor, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, BEULAH CHURCH
Very Reverend Father Tadros Samaan, ST. ANTHONY & ST. PAUL CHURCH, GUILFORD NSW
Reverend Ashley Saunders, IPSWICH BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Richard Schoenmaker, MT EVELYN CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
Pastor Darryl Schwarz, SPIRIT SONG CHURCH, HORSHAM VIC
Reverend Father James Sculy, THE FOUR INCORPOREAL CREATURES CHURCH, NINGI QLD
Reverend Craig Semple, PHILLIP ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Graeme R Semple, MOOLAP BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Ian Shelton, TOOWOOMBA CITY CHURCH
Pastor Malcolm Shooter, DUBBO CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE & GILGANDRA CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE
Reverend Ian Slack, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Diane Slack, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Pastor Gifford Smith, WITHCOTT CHURCH OF CHRIST
Very Reverend Father Moussa Soliman, ST. ABRAM CHURCH, PEAKHURST NSW
Pastor Victor Soo, REACH COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Treverendor Springate, CHRISTIAN VICTORY CENTRE, WARWICK QLD
Pastor Jenny Spyve, RIVERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Sean Stanton, CANBERRA CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE, ACT
Pastor Dale Stephenson, CROSSWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Keith Stevenson, HERVEY BAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Don Stewart, BUNDAMBA & SPRINGFIELD OASIS CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Ron Stocks, CALOUNDRA CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Peter Sweetman, BRIDGEMAN BAPTIST COMMUNITY CHURCH
Gregory Tarasenko, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, ORANGE NSW
Pastor Carneliu Telegaru, RISING SUN INTERNATIONAL, CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN QLD
Reverend Stephen Thomas, STANLEY RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH
Reverend Peter M Thompson, VISION CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Church Elder Bruce Thomson, TUGGERANONG PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ACT
Reverend Peter Tuchyna, UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA INC. IN ACT
Pastor Richard Utber, NOWRA BAPTIST CHURCH
Reverend Russell van Delden, ARUNDEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Reverend Nico Van deVenter, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Reverend Marcel Van deVenter, HERITAGE OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, GOLD COAST
Ivan Vinaev, SLAVIC PENTECOSTAL CHURCH, ADELAIDE SA
Pastor Trevor B Vinnell, SOUTHLAKES CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP INC.
Pastor Glen Vonhoff, CHURCH OF CHRIST, MURGON
Very Reverend Father Samuel Wadie, ST. MARY CHURCH, BEXLEY NSW
Reverend Father Mattaous Wahba, ST. MINA & ST. ANTHONY CHURCH, HELENSVALE QLD
Pastor Myles Waldron, MACKAY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Reverend Neil Walthew, Rector, ST. PETER'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, WANNEROO
Pastor Simon Ward, ARANA HILLS CHURCH OF CHRIST
Pastor Keith Ware, BYFORD BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Neil Warner, THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, BURLEIGH HEADS, GOLD COAST QLD
Pastor John Warwick, WA ACC STATE PRESIDENT
Reverend Father Yastos Wasef, ST. MARY & ST. JOHN CHURCH, WAGGA WAGGA NSW
Martin Weatherston, Authorised Marriage Celebrant, ZEBULUN HOME FELLOWSHIPS, WA
Reverend John Westendrop, Moderator, CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCHES OF AUSTRALIA
Reverend Geoff Westlake, CHEERS NEIGHBOURS NETWORK
Pastor Graham Wheat, COOMERA CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Pastor Rodney Whitford, WESTERN PORT CHRISTIAN FAMILY CHURCH, TYABB VIC
Pastor Bruce Wilding, WONDAI BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Nathanael Wood, SEAVIEW CHURCH
Pastor Anthony Woodward, CANNON HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Martin Woodward, SOUTHERNLIFE CHURCH INC. NSW
David Worboys, Warden, ST. MARTIN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, NSW
Pastor David Wright, CAIRNS FAMILY CHURCH, CRC CHURCHES INTERNATIONAL
Hank Wurtz, HUTTERITE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, DETENTION RIVER TAS
Very Reverend Father Bishoy Yassa, ST. MARY & ST. ABU SEFEIN CHURCH, CONCORD NSW
Reverend Father Gabriel Yassa, ARCHANGEL MICHAEL CHURCH, MT. DRUITT NSW
Pastor Li Fang Zhou, CHINESE METHODIST CHURCH IN CANBERRA
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