ANGLICAN BISHOP OF CANBERRA-GOULBURN STEPS DOWN
Stuart Robinson, the Bishop of the Canberra-Goulburn Anglican diocese has announced his resignation from the position, effective 31 March 2018.
Robinson, 58 — the diocese’s tenth bishop since 1863 — was elected November 2nd, 2008, following 20 years as a priest in the Sydney diocese and a three-year secondment to the Anglican Diocese in Europe. He served in Belgium.
As the previous mission facilitator for the Anglican Church nationally (2005-09), and the author of two books on modern Christian mission, Robinson has been well-suited to the job. The diocese is a unique Australian combination of a modern capital city transplanted into a large rural region, as well as one not dominated by any one stream of Anglicanism. The diocese pioneered the ordination of women to the priesthood in Australia.
After working to renew the diocese by his missional focused leadership, Bishop Robinson is leaving to reengage in parish ministry and to devote more time to family matters.
Known for his combination of practical Christianity, modern management skills and ability to talk to anyone, Robinson has also instituted practical processes for addressing the victims of clerical abuse historically, and for enforcing detailed professional standards throughout all levels of the Church’s coalface work in the community. “Our task has been to acknowledge the pain we have created as a church and where possible, to work towards wholeness and closure”, he said.
Bishop Robinson has been married to Jane, a special education consultant, for 33 years. They have four adult children and three granddaughters.
Until a new bishop is elected by the diocesan synod in mid 2018, the diocese will be led by its long-serving Vicar-General, Assistant Bishop Trevor Edwards.
The Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn is one of Australia’s 23 Anglican dioceses. It extends from Marulan to the Victorian border and from Temora via Wagga to the Murray River.
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