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University of Divinity tops bigger rivals; Trinity Headmaster goes; Bishop Curry may add spice to royal wedding.

May 16 2018 

University of Divinity tops student satisfaction survey

The former Melbourne College of Divinity has outranked other Australian universities – including Melbourne, Monash, La Trobe and Victoria – with more than 90 per cent of undergraduate students expressing satisfaction with their experience there.

 

Trinity Grammar headmaster Dr Michael Davies resigns

Months of public turmoil – ostensibly over the deputy headmaster cutting a boy’s hair on school photo day – have claimed the scalp of the Headmaster of the independent Anglican school in Kew.

 

Royal wedding: Pioneering US bishop to deliver sermon at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's service

The first African-American to lead the US Episcopal Church – hailed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as “a brilliant pastor, stunning preacher and someone with a great gift for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ” – is to preach at the wedding of the Queen’s grandson and the American actress in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Saturday.

 

First woman Bishop of London installed

The former Chief Nursing Officer for England, Dame Sarah Mullally, is installed as the 133rd Bishop of London – and the first woman to lead the 1400-year-old diocese – in Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral.

 

Unprecedented Opposition electoral victory welcomed by Malaysian archbishop

Archbishop Ng Moon Hing, Archbishop of South-East Asia and Bishop of West Malaysia, urges Anglicans to “celebrate the results of this Mother of all Elections together with this Sunday’s Mothers’ Day celebration in all our churches” after more than 60 years of one-party rule in Kuala Lumpur ends.

 

High fashion and high church: Why religious dress is always a performance

The rector of one of Sydney’s most historic – and one of its few High Church Anglican – churches tells Siobhan Hegarty of ABC Radio National’s God Forbid program that “the symbols that are used [and] the clothes that we wear are able to express things that we can't necessarily capture in words”.

 

Palestinians undefeated as Israel celebrates 70th anniversary

A former Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn and an executive member of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society write in The Age that 70 years of dispossession and exile have not left Palestinians regarding themselves as a defeated people.

 

Budget fails on welfare and housing, keeping most disadvantaged trapped in poverty

Three Victorian Anglican agencies have their say about last week’s Federal Budget. Anglicare Victoria CEO Paul McDonald says the Government “has been asleep at the wheel on housing and welfare and this Budget sees the policy inertia in these two vital areas continue”.

 

Federal Budget: some welcome job measures but inadequate income support undermines nation’s effort

Brotherhood of St Laurence Executive Director Conny Lenneberg welcomes some of the measures announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison but says the agency “remains deeply concerned about Australia’s fraying social safety net, which undermines efforts to get people into jobs”.

 

Benetas welcomes Budget boost to support older Australians

The CEO of leading Victorian not-for-profit aged care provider Benetas, Sandra Hills, says many elements of the Budget will have a positive impact on Australia’s ageing population but there is still room for a greater impact to be made. Benetas was founded 70 years ago by a small group of volunteers from the Melbourne diocese.