Nine young Anglican leaders, led by Bishop Justin, journeyed to Melbourne to check out examples of faith in action around the city. The 20-somethings, who travelled from 19 to 27 March, experienced life among a diverse group of Aussie Christians, from monastics to community development workers.
After a couple of short stops with communities around Melbourne, the group attended the three-day Surrender Conference. Surrender’s mission is to get young people, “involved in expressions of Christ’s mission amongst the poor.” Conference workshops allowed the young leaders to investigate issues like non-violence, multi-culturalism, community formation, and spiritual practices. Speakers included Jarrod McKenna, founder of Love Makes a Way; friends of Wellington, Dave Andrews and Joel McKerrow; and our own Bishop Justin.
Afterwards, the group headed to Ascot Vale Church of Christ where they enjoyed the hospitality of a diverse congregation of people from the margins. They also visited two Urban Seed Projects—which are communities of residents who serve the least in their communities. The exploration continued with a day on overseas missions in the company of young leaders from the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne (presenters included Archbishop of Melbourne The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier and Bishop Justin.) Finally, the road trip arrived at the Community of The Holy Transfiguration in Teesdale—a unique monastic community where the “brothers and sisters” invited the young leaders to witness and discuss their monastic practices and lives of mission.