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Bishop Curry fires up the world; Sydney sends its regrets across the Tasman; and the 'greening' of clergy robes.

May 23 2018 

US Presiding Bishop Michael Curry sets the bounds of the Royal Family wider in his wedding sermon

The first African-American to lead his Church looked beyond the young couple before him in St George’s Chapel Windsor to a packed congregation and, through the television cameras, to the world beyond. Church Times reports on the wedding of Britain’s newest royal couple.

Royal wedding 2018: Watch and read Bishop Curry's sermon in full

Courtesy of the BBC, watch Bishop Curry’s sermon and read the text of his memorable address.

NZ move on same-sex blessings prompts ‘deep regret’, says Sydney Diocese

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Sydney warns the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia that its recent decision authorising clergy to bless same-sex unions is contrary to the teaching of Christ and to a landmark decision of the Lambeth Conference of the world’s Anglican bishops 20 years ago.

For the love of God: How the Church is better and worse than you ever imagined

The Centre for Public Christianity has produced a major documentary exploring the good, the bad, the ugly – and the unexpected – about the impact Christianity has had on the world we live in. Watch some video backgrounders.

Making safe churches

Sydney barrister Garth Blake, SC, reports on the latest meeting of the Anglican Communion’s Safe Church Commission, which he chairs, in South Africa. Mr Blake has been a central figure in framing the Church’s reforms in response to the child sexual abuse crisis in Australia.

Clergy robes made entirely from recycled plastic bottles go on sale

A clerical wear manufacturer in Britain has sourced material made from melted-down plastic bottles to offer ministers of religion a “green” choice in what they wear for the first time – part of a growing movement away from single-use plastics.

Prayer and unprayer: the practice of faith amidst the terror of Gilead

Baptist minister Megan Powell du Toit, who has a passion for the arts, analyses the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale in this review for Ethos, the Evangelical Alliance Centre for Christianity and Society.

Living in the truth: responding to propaganda

To “live in the truth” is a challenge to live an examined and a responsible life for each person, their family and the common good of others, says the Vicar Emeritus of St Hilary’s Anglican church in Kew, the Revd Peter Corney.

What about Jesus? Show the world that followers of Jesus refuse to be complicit

Sojourners President Jim Wallis, Bishop Michael Curry and other US Christian elders from across many traditions and racial lines offer their responses to the Trump era in a video Reclaiming Jesus in a Time of Crisis.

Called to account on abuse, that electrifying sermon and the Ruddock review is in on religious freedom

Listen to ABC Radio National’s Religion and Ethics Report reflect on a big week for religion, with an archbishop convicted of concealing child sexual abuse, a sermon at the heart of an event watched across the globe and the delivery of a report to the Prime Minister on religious freedom in Australia.