Mar Timotheos (Dr Tim Mansfield) is the rector of Saint Uriel’s. He was ordained a priest by Bishop +Shaun McCann in San Francisco in May 2008. He was consecrated as Bishop of New South Wales in May 2012. Tim lives in Campsie with his beloved partner Anthony, a lot of plants and some chickens. He works as a researcher in future studies. Tim is available for home and hospital visits, for confession, anointing and spiritual direction or spiritual counselling. He can be contacted via the contact page.
Many of us seek a real spiritual community which is loving, inclusive, spiritually lively and empowering of people of all genders, races and sexualities, both rich and poor. The Johannite tradition represents just such a community: founded by Saint John the beloved disciple of Jesus, rooted in the tradition of John the Baptist and guided by direct, experiential contact with the Divine, this Johannite tradition encourages personal responsibility and freedom of thought and practice. The Apostolic Johannite Church is a global network of Johannite communities that focus on supporting individual and direct experience of the Divine through fellowship, meditation and prayer, service and ritual, lively discussion and study. We fully embrace the beauty and mystery of the living Christian tradition: candles and incense, ancient rites such as baptism and the eucharist and robed male and female priests. We also delight in the freedoms to choose how we understand our tradition and to explore other paths that are among the particular gifts of our modern world. Your journey to come to personal knowledge of the Divine is yours alone but it is our experience that we all benefit from companions on the road, good books to read, educated conversation and a place to gather with others to share the fruits of our journey in prayer, praise and blessing. We draw inspiration from many sources among them: the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament, the Corpus Hermeticum, and Gnostic Scriptures such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Secret Book of John. We understand these texts as inspiration, poetry and symbolism, rather than making a literal reading of them as books of rules. We have parishes and study groups across the USA, Canada, Spain, Australia and New Zealand and we welcome anyone who comes respectfully and openly to our gatherings. Come as you are, and stay as long or as little as you like and share your pilgrimage toward the Divine. For more information our church and its tradition, see Frequently asked questions and our Statement of Principles on the main AJC site.
The Apostolic Johannite Church was founded with full inclusion as a basic principle. The church has always welcomed all qualified women and gay men to the priesthood and joyfully celebrates sacramental marriage with loving couples of any gender. Actually, we want to put that in big letters:
If You Love Each Other, We Will Marry You.
The Parish of Saint Uriel the Archangel meets in Darlinghurst, the traditional heart of Sydney’s gay and lesbian community, just minutes from the glare and glamour of Oxford St, providing a connection for GLBTI people to Christian spiritual practice which is fully affirming of our entire being as human children of the Divine. Father Tim Mansfield, our rector, is an openly gay man who lives with his partner Anthony. He has been profiled in the Sydney Star Observer. Our parish community is small but diverse, open-hearted, open-minded, non-judgemental and welcoming. If you have found yourself excluded from full participation in a church because of your sexuality or gender and you’re drawn to contemplative prayer and a traditional style of liturgy, perhaps Saint Uriel’s is for you. Please come along to a service or group meeting and let’s meet each other.