The Parish of St Uriel the Archangel is based in Sydney, Australia and is the cathedral parish of the Diocese of New South Wales. The parish is part of the Apostolic Johannite Church and is served by Bishop Tim Mansfield as rector.
We are a gnostic, contemplative, inclusive, Christian community. We encourage freedom of thought, diversity of belief and we share a strong commitment to spiritual practice. Our community is small, intimate and welcoming. If you’re interested in pursuing your personal spiritual journey in community with others, perhaps you’re one of us. Read more about Johannite spirituality here.
Our parish extends a special welcome to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people. Read more here.
We encourage you to consider visiting, joining or volunteering. Mostly though, we’d like to meet you, just as you are.
Once a month (usually on the fourth Sunday but check the parish calendar), the parish gathers in the chapel at the Unitarian Centre, 15 Francis St, Darlinghurst.
Our current format goes like this:
|5:30pm||Contemplation (brief talk, 20min meditation, meditation debrief)|
|6:30pm||Eucharist service (smells, bells, scripture, our characteristic Circle Homily and Communion – the ancient sharing in the Presence)|
|7:30pm||Dinner (usually a potluck, some weeks we may go out somewhere nearby and cheap; food, conversation, sharing)|
Anyone is welcome to any part of the evening. If you’d like to come early and meditate, but you’d rather go for a walk instead of the Eucharist and then rejoin us for dinner, that’s just fine. If meditation makes you want to reach for a sharp object, but you want to come to the service, we’re delighted to see you. If you just want to join us for dinner because conversations like this are hard to get, bring a plate and join in!
You can read more about contemplation, eucharist and dinner here.
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 and 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.
If you’re interested in Bishop Tim’s take on things, you can check out his occasional letter.
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.
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.