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RECTOR OF MANUKA (Parish Priest)
The Reverend Canon Dr Ben Edwards BA(Hons) BTh LLB(Hons) PhD GDLP AMusA
Ben Edwards was inducted as Rector of Manuka in late 2018. He was made deacon and ordained priest in All Saints’ Cathedral, Bathurst in 2004/2005. He has held appointments in urban, regional and rural parishes and educational institutions. In addition to theological study (he is a graduate of St Mark’s, Canberra), his academic background includes a doctorate in History and a University Medal in Law. His doctoral research was on Protestant-Catholic sectarianism and the rise of the ecumenical movement.
Ben reflects that as a ‘cradle Anglican’, he was evangelised by and through the Prayer Book and he deeply values the Anglican heritage and tradition of worship, theology and spirituality which has formed him. Liturgical worship lies at the heart of his ministry and spirituality. His great passion in ministry is to synthesise the riches of our heritage and the creativity and insights of today in worship and service to draw people close to God and one another.
Ben describes his approach to ministry as very conventional: focused on gathering and leading the worshipping community, proclaiming the Gospel, teaching and pastoral care. He sees that the Church has a calling to be a place of community and hospitality, where people encounter the reality of God through the mystery of the sacraments and the proclamation and ministry of the Gospel, and where the faithful are to be encouraged to discover and equipped to exercise their baptismal gifts.
Ben recognises that the Parish of Manuka enjoys a special opportunity to offer Christian hospitality in worship and community to the highly transient population of this Parish which includes diplomats, military personnel, civil servants, young professionals as well as established locals. He hopes to continue to lead the Parish’s development as a centre of excellence in Anglican liturgy that connects with people of all generations.
As Rector of the Parish, Ben has a significant administrative and leadership role. He is supported in the general ministry of the Parish by the clergy team and lay people.
The Reverend Alipate Tuineau
The Reverend Kay Pendlebury
The Reverend Canon John Campbell
The Reverend Elaine Farmer
The Venerable John Gibson
The Reverend Dr John Moses is of Lebanese Antiochian Orthodox and Scottish Episcopalian parentage and was educated an Anglican by the Brothers of St Barnabas in Atherton NQ, then at All Souls’ School, Charters Towers. He is a “cradle” Anglican. His further education took place at St Francis’ Theological College in Brisbane, then at the University of Queensland and later in Germany at the universities of Munich and Erlangen where he studied Reformation History, Eastern European History and completed a doctorate in German Labour History acquiring an expertise in democratic socialism, Marxism-Leninism and Nazism. He is especially interested in Church resistance to totalitarian regimes and this led to a book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer against Nazism and to many articles in academic journals on the Church in Communist ruled East Germany. On return to Australia John Moses began teaching at the Uniiversity of Queensland and was ordained in 1975 an auxiliary priest by Archbishop Felix Arnott. He served in the Diocese of Brisbane together with some six other Anglican clergy who were at that time also full time members of the University staff. For 17 years he functioned as a voluntary assisant curate in the Parish of Kenmore and after retirement served briefly in Canberra (Hall parish) and then in Armidale for 8 years. In 2006 after the move back to Canberra John Moses has been licensed to officiate at St Paul’s Manuka. He is also a Professorial Associate at St Mark’s Theological Centre and continues research and publishing in a range of fields including Bonhoeffer Studies and ANZAC as a manifestation of civic religion.Currently he is working on a larger project that investigates the rise of Communism and National Socialism in Germany as so-called “murderous Utopias” or false religions. Finally John Moses might be designated as a “polemical Anglican” and a champion of ecumenism.
Matthew Stuckings: Director of Music
Organists: Christopher Erskine, Mary Anne Neilsen, James Porteous
Junior Choir Director: Kate Edwards
Bruce Glendinning, Greg Mills, Fiona Cochaud