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What is Filioque

Filioque is a Latin word which translates as 'and the son'.

The Filioque Clause are the three words added to the procession of the Holy Spirit in the Nicene Creed.

We believe in the Holy Spirit
the Lord, the giver of life
who proceeds from the Father and the Son
who with the Father and the Son
is worshiped and glorified

In Brief

In 325 AD the Oecumenical Council of Nicaea endorsed a common creed for the Church.

In 381 AD the Oecumenical Council of Constantinople extended and refined the Nicene Creed. 

On both these occasions the Creed did not include the Filioque clause.

In 431 AD the Oecumenical Council of Ephesus affirmed the Nicene Creed and declared anathemas on those who would add to or take away from the Creed.

In 451 AD The Oecumenical Council of Chalcedon Affirmed the Three previous Councils, and went to some length to expand on the Christology of the Church, but did not change the Creed, which still did not have the Filioque clause.

In 794 AD the Council of Frankfurt (a small council called by Charlemagne), against the advice of the Pope argued to include the Filioque to combat Spanish Adoptionism, or to shore up the distinctions between the Holy Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire.

In 809 from the meeting at Aix-la-Chapelle, Charlemagne sent emissaries to the Pope for permission to use the Filioque. The Pope said no, and the FGrench continued to say it.

In 1014, to secure the support of Henry 2 (HRE) Benedict IX (Pope) allowed the filioque to be said in Rome, which led to the division of the Church in 1054 - now called the Great Schism. 

To some extent the issue rested on the question of who has the authority to change the Creed - The whole Church in Oecumenical Council, or the Pope in his own right.

The Australian Church

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The General Synod of the Australian Church functions as a forum for the 23 Dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia, grouped into 5 provinces or regions. The General Synod meets to consider and determine matters of common interest in the affairs of the Church and its mission, and in the Church's engagement with society and concerning the welfare of our society.

Primate: Phillip Freier

Founded in 1847, The Diocese of Adelaide has 65 Parishes, and more than 150 priests. It includes the City of Adelaide and the Barossa; the most densely populated areas of South Australia. It it nested between the Diocese of Willochra, to the North, and the Diocese of the Murray to the South and East.  The Diocese of Adelaide maintains an emphasis on outreach.

Bishop: Jeffrey Driver

The Diocese of Armidale is a partnership of churches and associated agencies and schools found in the northern inland region of New South Wales. It includes Armidale, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri and Tamworth and surrounding towns and villages. The aim of the Diocese is to introduce people to Jesus and to help them home to heaven.

Bishop: Rick Lewers

We are a diocese in the Anglican Church of Australia. For over 150 years now, we have been proclaiming the Gospel to the people of southern and western Victoria. I invite you to spend some time enjoying our story and exploring with us some of the great things God is doing in this part of His vineyard. We are here to love, worship and obey God our Father.

Bishop: Garry Weatherill

The Diocese of Bathurst covers nearly a third of New SouthWwales, from the Blue Mountains to the Queensland border. There are 34 Parishes.  Bordered by: Oberon, Cowra and West Wyalong in the south, west to Cobar and Bourke across the north-west to Coonamble and Coonabarabran, and in the east by Coolah, Mudgee and Rylstone.

Bishop: Ian Palmer

The Diocese of St Arnaud, created by the Ballarat and comprising the northern part of the Diocese, came into being in 1926. in 1977, the two Dioceses amalgamated to form the present Diocese of Bendigo which comprises broadly that part of Victoria north of the Great Dividing Range and west of the Goulburn River, to the skirts of the Wimmera.

Bishop: Andrew Curnow

Home to more than two million Queenslanders, Anglican Church Southern Queensland (ACSQ) includes an area of more than half a million square kilometres. Stretching from the borders of the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales the Church extends north to Bundaberg. There are 467 clergy in 305 churches.

Bishop: Phillip Aspinall

The aim of “Growing Together 2015” is to enable everyone within the Diocesan family to share a lived experience of being a part of the ministry of the Scattered People of the Good Shepherd. The process begins each Sunday over the five weeks with the introduction of a different facet of the ministry. The Diocese include the south west corner of WA.

Bishop: Alan Ewing

The Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn was established in 1863. The Diocese is the unit of organisation of this Church for carrying out its mission and ministry within this area. It is a rich and diverse diocese, including all of the ACT and the south-eastern corner of NSW, extending as far as Wagga Wagga in the west and Marulan in the north.

Bishop: Stuart Robinson

Bishop Kay Goldsworthy, the first woman consecrated a bishop in the Anglican Church of Australia, was installed as the 12th Bishop of Gippsland in March 2015. The latest “first” for Bishop Goldsworthy, who was an Assistant Bishop of Perth, where she has worked since 1988. Bishop Goldsworthy is the first woman to lead a diocese in Victoria.

Bishop: Kay Goldsworthy

Grafton is situated on a sweeping bend in the Clarence River and noted for its many jacaranda trees. It is also the Cathedral city of the Diocese. Other major centres are Lismore, Ballina, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. The Diocese serves this geographical region through its 28 Parishes, 5 schools, Anglicare North Coast and a number of Chaplaincies.

Bishop: Sarah Macneil

Centred on the city of Melbourne and acting as the Metropolitical See for the Province of Victoria, Melbourne is one of the largest Diocese is Australia, second only to Sydney. Centred on the city of Melbourne and acting as the Metropolitical See for the Province of Victoria, Melbourne is one of the largest Diocese is Australia, second only to Sydney.

Bishop: Phillip Freier

The Diocese of The Murray was created in 1970, named from the Murray River, which flows through the Diocese before reaching the sea. It was the last new Diocese to be created in Australia. It covers the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, the Fleurieu Peninsula, Riverland, Adelaide Hills, Murraylands and the southern suburbs of Adelaide and includes 18 Parishes.

Bishop: John Ford

The Diocese of Newcastle includes the Central Coast, Hunter, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Manning, Paterson and Port Stephens regions. The Diocese serves this region through its 63 parishes, 4 schools, Samaritans, Anglican Care, Anglican Savings and Development Fund and a number of chaplaincies. We minister people in rural, regional and city areas.

Bishop: Greg Thompson

The Diocese of North Queensland covers the area from south of Sarina (22° parallel) to the islands of the Torres Strait and westwards to Mount Isa. There are 54 parishes, supported by 120 licensed clergy. The See City is Townsville, which has a population of approximately 200,000 people. The Diocese of North Queensland is truly a very decentralised Diocese.

Bishop: Bill Ray

The Diocese of the Northern Territory remains part of the Province of Queensland. It covers an area of approximately 1,346,200 square kilometres and has a total population of approximately 220,000. About 30% of the population is indigenous and 13% signified attachment to the Anglican Church in the last published census figures.

Bishop: Greg Anderson

The Anglican Church of North West Australia covers an area of 2 million sq km. From Dongara in the south to the top of Western Australia and east to the SA/NT border. 18 parishes, consisting of small farming, fishing and mining communities with populations from a few hundred to over 35,000, & 3 Mission to Seafarers’ ministries.

Bishop: Gary Nelson

The Diocese of Perth sees itself as a people called to worship God in Christ and by the power of the Spirit to share radical love with the world, building communities of hope, healing and transformation. We seek to hold together the Ministry of Word and Sacrament, evangelical zeal embedded in prayer, pastoral care and social justice.

Bishop: Roger Herft

With 21 Parishes across a vast area of land, the Riverina Diocese covers approximately 37% of the area of the state of New South Wales. Major towns and Parishes in within the Diocese include Griffith, where the Cathedral of St Alban the Martyr is located, Leeton, Lake Cargelligo and Narrandera, south to Deniliquin and Moama, and as far west as as Broken Hill.

Bishop: Rob Gillion

Rockhampton Diocese is in Queensland in area approx 57 million hectares, and contains nearly the whole central division of Queensland. An intelligent, biblical and historically based faith. An incarnational faith that cares for humanity and creation. A faith expressed in relationship with God and each other. Faith and pastoral practice expressed through liturgy.

Bishop: David Robinson

Sydney Anglicans belong to a network of churches in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, South Coast and Illawarra. Led by the Archbishop of Sydney, assisted by Bishops and ministry staff, governed by synod. The way people encounter Sydney Anglicans may be through friends who will introduce them to a local church.

Bishop: Glenn Davies

We are about 55 parishes (each with one or more congregations of people who worship together) and dozens of organisations that support the work of the Church as we care and share in our local communities. We're a missionary diocese. That means we strive to bring the good news of Jesus to as many people as we can - in Tasmania, and beyond.

Bishop: vacant

In regional NE Victoria, plus the Albury border area in NSW. There are 24 parishes or districts witth some 79 places of worship. A few are large and complex, most are small. Most congregations are older than the community around them though there is growth in the border area and also where southern parishes are becoming dormitory areas for Melbourne.

Bishop: John Parkes

Willochra covers 90% of South Australia. A diocese of contrast from the wineries and vineyards of the Clare Valley; the expansive horizon of the mid-north, Yorke and Eyre Peninsula wheat and barley fields; the semi-arid and arid lands as you move further north into the vast tracks of grazing land; mining and heavy industry; the fishing industry and tourism.

Bishop: John Stead

RSS and atom feeds

The matter of reading one websites news feeds from another website can be accomplished in a number of ways. One of the very convenient ways is the RSS or atom feeds, which are delivered conveniently to the feed reader which has been installed in another website. WordPress websites by nature provide RSS feeds without anything being done. If you want images in the feed you will need a plugin to achieve it. RSS feeds place a very low overhead on a website in that they are created and read periodically, perhaps every six hours or so, rather than being live feeds.

Site Icon

Site Icon - This is the new Method

The rise of tablets and mobile devices has meant an ongoing need to do more with the Icon than just put it in the top corner of the tab. 

So the image can now be basically a normal graphic - either a jpg or a png file will normally be best. It needs to be 512 px x 512 px. That is quite a large square file. such as this one here.



Now of course it is still going to be displayed as a tiny icon, however the software will do all that work for you. The trick from your point of view is not to be too clever with it as you will need it to be clear when it displays at 16px x 16 px as it will in some places. However by using the bigger graphic, I know that when someone bookmarks the page to a table or phone homescreen it will display clearly.

Having created the file, under appearance, customise, site information, you have the opportunity to choose the site icon and you can upload the image from there. job done!

Favicon - This is the old method

Favicon may seem like a strange word, however it refers to ‘favorite icon’, and no, that does not mean Rublev’s Trinity or Our Lady of Vladimir. When you bookmark a site, or save it as a favourite, so you can easily go back to it, if there is a favicon this small image will be displayed as a visual cue that this is the site. Modern tabbed browsers also display this image in the tab as a marker, so it is easy to see the tabs and know what is open on each tab.

Google, Yahoo, and just about every major organisation will use a favicon, it is in fact part of the professional branding and it is not very hard to achieve. Whilst it is not essential for a Parish Website, it is certainly part of putting our best foot forward and holding our own on the Internet. I have to say I think a Diocesan site without a favicon would not be a good look.  If there is no favicon this will normally be replaced with the icon for an empty page.

In creating a favicon it is important to remember that it will be square and it will be small. If you start with an image that is not square it will get misshapen unless you take steps to rectify this (more later). The other thing to remember is that it needs to be fairy simple if you want to to look good and work well.

To Make a Favicon

You will normally start with a graphics program, or with a graphic itself. We will be aiming to create an image that measures 72px x 72px. It will normally represent something of the site branding. Remember to keep it simple. you might be able to do this in MSPaint or whatever drawing program you are happy with.

If you start with a graphic you already have, I might use Irfanview (free download) and first resize the image to log side 72px, and then choose the option to change the canvass size to 72px x 72px. Then save the graphic.


If you site is on, under the settings you have an opportunity to upload an image as the site logo. This image can be either a jpeg or a png file, and at 72px x 72 px with will upload easily and that is all there is to it. Job Done. Be aware it may not display instantly, and in fact it may not appear for a couple of days, so don’t panic. It is a low priority push from the server through the web.

WordPress Hosted.

If you have a hosted WordPress, there are a couple more steps. Firstly you have to save the file as an icon, and before you do that you need to reduce the colour depth to 256 colours which you can do in Irfanview, and then save it with the name ‘favicon.ico’. You can then use an ftp program to upload it to …/publichtml/wp_content/themes/theme-name. Another option is to use the plug-in Captain Favicon, and then once installed simply upload the icon using the plug in, Job Done. As with WordPress.Com it may take a while to publish correctly.

When I create a WordPress Theme I will normally create a favicon for the site which will be installed as part of the theme. This is generally the best option as it make life simpler. None the less, it is possible to do it easily for yourself and it does help the professional look of the site.


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