November Seminar on Singleness with Tania Harris

November Brunch on Singleness with Tania Harris

Our next CBE-Sydney brunch will be held on Saturday November 5, when we will explore the important topic of single Christians in today’s church.

Our special guest is international speaker Tania Harris, who will be speaking on:

“What singleness teaches us about God’s vision for gender equality”

Tania Harris is a pastor, speaker and founder of God Conversations, a global ministry that equips people to recognise and respond to God’s voice. Tania has a diverse history as church planter, pastor and Bible College lecturer and is currently completing her Doctorate in Ministry researching peoples’ experiences of hearing God’s voice.

Tania’s talk will be followed by a Q&A with a panel of Christians who are all single (unmarried or divorced) including Stephanie Penny, a psychologist and author of a soon-to be-published book “Surviving Singledom.”

Date: Saturday November 5

Time: 9.45 for a 10 am start

Venue: Stanmore House Conference and Training Centre
97 Cambridge St, Stanmore.

Cost: $20, includes a light brunch

RSVP by October 21

We hope you can make it. Bring your friends and bring your questions.

Attend CBE’s International Conference Online

CBE international conference 2016

Modern technology means that those of us who cannot make it to the CBE International Conference in Johannesburg this September can watch the talks online.

The theme of the conference is:

Truth Be Told: Speaking Out Against Gender Based Violence

The aim of the conference is to lay a biblical foundation for equal respect, service, and authority for men and women, and to empower local leaders to positively impact the families, churches, and communities they serve.

The conference will be held at Rhema Bible Church North in Johannesburg and will kick off on Wednesday night, September 14, at 7:30pm (South Africa Time). But you can virtually attend this event as it will be live-streamed on Rhema’s website.

Time differences will make watching the event live quite a challenge for us in Australia: 7.30pm in South Africa is 3.30am here on the east coast, but our friends in Western Australia may be able to watch live.

Starting on Thursday, September 15, you can access a videotaped recording of the Wednesday night’s meeting at Click the “Events” tab and scroll down, or watch CBE International’s Facebook page for direct links.

The Southern Sydney group “Bible Conversations” will be watching a recording of this introductory talk at 7.30pm on September 21 at a meeting room at Gymea Baptist.
Email for details about this.

For others who are tech savvy, you may want to invite a few friends around and watch recordings together. Also, recordings of all conference sessions will be available for free after the conference.

More information about the 2016 international conference is on the CBE International’s website here.


CBE Australian Conference 2017

April 28–30, 2017

CBE in Australia will be hosting a national conference next year in Melbourne, with a great lineup of speakers and a variety of workshop options. So save the date!


CBE national conference bookmarkDr Mimi Haddad
President of CBE International

Why would a good Lebanese girl devote her life to promoting biblical gender equality? My personal and professional journey as a Christian feminist 

A Theology of Abolition: How we read Scripture has a global impact on girls and women 

What language Shall I use? Reexamining Feminine Metaphors for God and inclusive Language for People  

Rev Dr Kevin Giles
Anglican Minister, Scholar, and Author

Was Paul a Misogynist?

The Trinity without Tiers

Rev Patti Ricotta
President of Life Together International 

Patti Ricotta will speak on her work to eradicate female genital mutilation in Africa.


A choice of workshops will be offered on both theological and practical topics. Presenters include Karina Kreminski and Margaret Mowczko.

The full conference program can be viewed here.

Biographies of the speakers and presenters can be viewed here.

Registration options can be viewed here.

The super early bird special of $150 for the full conference ends on the 28th of December.

MOW AGM, 17th of September

MOWSome of our members and friends may be interested in the annual general meeting of the the Sydney Movement for the Ordination of Women (MOW).

MOW exists to promote the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Anglican Church, and to promote the full and equal ministry of women with men in the Anglican Church.

Date and Time: Saturday the 17th September 2016, at 2.00pm

Guest Speakers: Robyn and David Claydon

Topic: Doors are for Walking Through: Women’s Leadership in the Worldwide Anglican Church—Reflections on Change.

Venue: St Albans’s, Epping
Parish Hall, 3 Pembroke Street, Epping

For more information, including RSVP details and parking information, click here.

MOW’s Facebook page is here.

New Website: Voices of CBE Australia


Christians for Biblical Equality in Australia have a new national website. The articles and information posted on this site are written by Australians and for Australians.

Our hope is to build an online resource centre for those wanting to know more about Christian Egalitarianism and those wanting encouragement and support in their egalitarian beliefs.

Please subscribe here and watch this resource grow. A new article will be posted every Tuesday.

Christmas in July Dinner at Stanmore House

Christmas in July

Please note: Christmas in July is now fully booked.

Join us for dinner in a historic home with turn of the century decor and an open fire.

The Dining Room
Stanmore House Conference Centre
97 Cambridge Street, Stanmore, NSW

Paul Perini will give a short talk and there will be live music.
Cost is $50 for a main course (including turkey and traditional honey glazed ham) and dessert, plus soft drinks, tea and coffee.

RSVP by 8th July to  Please title email ‘Christmas in July Dinner’
Bookings are now closed.

More information on the printable flyer: CBE Christmas in July 2016 Invitation.

May 7th Meeting at Stanmore

Andrew SloaneOur next public event will be held on Saturday morning, the 7th of May, and our guest speaker will be Rev Dr Andrew Sloane.

Andrew will be speaking on the way Genesis chapters 2–3 have been understood by a variety of scholars, some of whom see the Genesis passage as egalitarian, others as oppressive, and others as irredeemable. Andrew will challenge these ideas as an egalitarian evangelical.

Topic: “And he shall rule over you”: Evangelicals, Feminists, and Genesis 2 -3
Date: Saturday the 7th of May 2016
Time:10 am
New Venue: Stanmore House, Conference and Training Centre
97 Cambridge St, Stanmore.
On and off-street parking available, and the venue is an easy walk from Stanmore railway station. (Map)
New Cost: $20, includes morning tea.

Bio: Born in Scotland, Andrew Sloane was raised in the western suburbs of Sydney. He studied medicine at the University of NSW and practiced briefly as a doctor before studying at Morling College. He graduated from Morling in 1990 and was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1991. Andrew ministered in Baptist churches in Sydney and Newcastle before joining the faculty at Ridley (Anglican) College in Melbourne in 1996. He is currently Director of Postgraduate studies at Morling Theological College, having joining the faculty in 2002 as Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought.

Tamar's Tears, Andrew SloaneAndrew’s academic interests include Old Testament and Biblical interpretation, philosophical theology, bioethics and epistemology (philosophy). He has published articles in bioethics and philosophy.

His first book, On Being a Christian in the Academy (Paternoster, 2003), is based on his 1994 doctoral thesis. Andrew’s second book At Home in a Strange Land (Hendrickson, 2008) is available through Morling Press. More recently, he edited Tamar’s Tears (Wipf and Stock, 2011), and contributed a chapter which forms the basis of the talk he will present at our meeting.

Andrew is married to Alison, and they have three daughters, Elanor, Laura and Alexandra.

We look forward to a stimulating talk and conversation. See you then!

RSVP to Lesley via

A printable flyer is here.

NSW Police release new video campaign addressing domestic violence

NSW Police release new video

NSW Police have released an excellent video addressing domestic violence. Here’s the statement that accompanies the video.

NSW Police has today launched a powerful new video campaign to raise public awareness about the issue of domestic and family violence.“It’s not your fault” is the theme of the campaign, which consists of a 30-second community service announcement (CSA) for TV, as well as a longer version for cinemas and social media.In NSW, police respond to more than 140,000 incidents of domestic and family violence per year. This translates to about 380 cases every day.

Today’s CSA launch coincides with a state-wide roll-out of a new process for targeting repeat domestic-violence offenders.

For over a decade, NSW Police has used a process called the Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) to deal with high-risk and repeat offenders.The process has recently been adapted to include high-risk domestic violence offenders, and following successful trials in the Central Metropolitan Region, this refinement is now being introduced state-wide.

“The STMP model will ensure the state’s most serious domestic-violence offenders face the highest level of scrutiny by police, and allow us to intervene before they commit their next offence,” NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said. “This renewed focus on offender accountability is part of our ongoing commitment to providing the utmost level of support to the victims of domestic and family violence.“

“We have made other significant headway. For example, in a world first, NSW police can now record domestic violence video evidence at the time of an incident, which relieves the victim of the emotional burden of giving evidence in court. But a problem of this magnitude won’t go away in a hurry. We still have much more work to do, and that includes raising public awareness about the issue through campaigns like the one we are launching today,” he said.

Members of NSW Police’s Domestic Violence Team used their own front-line experience investigating and prosecuting domestic-violence cases to write, direct and produce the community service announcement. The aim of the campaign is to remind people there is no excuse for domestic and family violence, and it is never the victim’s fault.

“Domestic violence is a serious crime and police are committed to bringing offenders to justice,” Commissioner Scipione said. “Every day police battle the community perception that domestic violence is a ‘family matter’ or ‘private business’.“That is most definitely not the case. If you are aware this is occurring in your community, you are obliged to report it, like any other crime.“

Some may find the images in these videos confronting; we do not apologise for this. Domestic and family violence is a confronting issue, and one we must continue to face head-on,” Commissioner Scipione said. NSW Police Force’s Corporate Spokesperson on Domestic and Family Violence, Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller, said it is only fitting the videos were developed by police.“ Police officers attend hundreds of domestic-violence incidents every day and see first-hand the impact and harm it has on families,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

“Children are the hidden victims of domestic violence, which is why children feature so prominently in the campaign.“There are no innocent bystanders in this space. By reporting domestic violence, you could prevent the next homicide,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

Police urging anyone with information about domestic-violence crimes to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Posted by NSW Police Force on Tuesday, 23 February 2016

If you are on facebook you can watch the video by clicking here: It’s Not Your Fault. Or watch the video here. This 2 minute video shows both the new video and some of the launch of the domestic violence campaign.

CBE Sydney’s 2016 AGM, 5th of March

We are holding our annual general meeting on Saturday the 5th of March at our usual venue St John’s, Glebe. This meeting is for all members and friends of CBE Sydney.

There will be light a light brunch at 10am, and the formal part of our meeting will begin at 10.30am.

After the short AGM we will watch a video presentation by Dr John Stackhouse on ‘How to Argue for Biblical Equality’ and then break into small groups for some discussion.

John Stackhouse quote

If you would like to nominate someone for a position on Committee please submit the form 7 days prior to the meeting. Any questions please feel free to contact us at

Here is the the formal notice for our AGM 2016 which was emailed to members and friends. Email is the best way to stay informed about what we are doing.

We hope you’ll come along on the 5th and participate in this important Kingdom ministry.


CBE Sydney applauds our new Prime Minister’s stand on domestic violence

Malcolm Turbull Domestic Violence

By Lesley Gray

This morning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued a plea for Australians to make a cultural change in the way they view domestic violence. In pledging more than $100 million to provide technology to help victims, the Prime Minister says he dreams of a time when Australia is known across the world as a place where women are respected.

“Disrespecting women doesn’t always result in violence. But violence against women always begins with disrespect” he said.

In addition to two women being killed every week by their partner, many women and children lead lives in fear and oppression. Some of these women and children are in Christian churches.

Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty added “How you model respect in your relationship” is vital in addressing domestic violence.

Jesus’ respectful treatment of women stood Him apart from His contemporary society. As Jesus’ disciples we too need to model respectful relationships and be alert to controlling and abusive relationships within our families and communities.

Just two years ago journalist Anne Summers wrote “The Misogyny Factor”. In this book Sumners explores our nation’s disrespect of women, a factor in the way our first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard was treated. [You can hear Anne Sumner’s give her talk The Misogyny Factor Ted talk here.]

Now at last a Prime Minister make, as the first major announcement: “he dreams of a time when Australia is known across the world as a place where women are respected”. In both challenging the nation and backing the challenge with funding  Malcolm Turnbull  heralds a hope for change.

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