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New attempt to dump Lord's Prayer from Parliament; Duterte lashes out at God; two takes on GAFCON's Jerusalem conference.

June 27 2018 

Greens move to scrap ‘archaic’ Lord's Prayer in Senate sittings

Some religious leaders endorse NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon’s attempt to replace the Lord’s Prayer with a statement that includes religious and non-religious beliefs.


Duterte: ‘Who is this stupid God?’

Listen to Religion reporter with news website The Rappler, Paterno Esmaquel, talk to Andrew West on ABC Radio National’s Religion and Ethics Report about the Philippines President’s latest diatribe – against God.


GAFCON communiqué urges restrictions on Lambeth Conference invitations

The Anglican Communion News Service, which says its request for media accreditation to cover the Global Anglican Future Conference gathering in Jerusalem was declined, reports that a significant number of GAFCON bishops plan to attend the 2020 Lambeth Conference, official gathering of the world’s Anglican bishops.


GAFCON ends with Letter to Churches

Russell Powell, Media Adviser to the Archbishop of Sydney, says GAFCON’s third international conference was the largest Anglican gathering for 50 years and included a stunning tribute to his former boss, Archbishop Peter Jensen, the founding GAFCON Secretary who has retired.


‘Go in faith!’ Third year of Community of St Anselm concludes at Lambeth Palace

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury farewells the young Christians from 11 countries, including Australia, and five denominations who have made up one of two residential communities at his official London residence, Lambeth Palace, after their “year in God's time”.


King of Jordan wins Templeton Prize for fostering Muslim cooperation

King Abdullah II becomes the second Muslim to win the Templeton Prize, having “led a reclamation of Islam’s moderate theological narrative from the distortions of radicalism” by promoting dialogue and cooperation between Muslims of differing traditions. Jordan’s leader since 1999 joins previous laureates including Mother Teresa, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Billy Graham, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.


Church of England launches World War One prayer service to teach reconciliation with Germany

Olivia Rudgard, of Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, reports on a prayer service that incorporates songs such as Pack up Your Troubles and Jerusalem and encourages worshippers to experience reconciliation with enemies and “commit ourselves afresh to working together for peace” to mark the centenary of the WWI Armistice this November. 


Interfaith voices demanding changes to immigration policy make a difference in Washington

The Episcopal Church hosts a vigil in a Methodist chapel in Washington DC as the separation of migrant children from their parents in the US sparks a record volume of calls to Congressional offices and a rare rethink by the Trump Administration.


Pope Francis visits WCC for its 70th anniversary: Walking together is ‘an act of obedience to the Lord and love for our world’

“Prayer is the oxygen of ecumenism,” Pope Francis tells a prayer service in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva during his visit last week to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. He said he wanted to take part in the celebrations “not least to reaffirm the commitment of the Catholic Church to the cause of ecumenism and to encourage cooperation with the member churches and with our ecumenical partners”.


‘Turn the Tide: Reclaiming Religious Freedom in Australia’

The Revd Dr Gordon Preece, a Melbourne Anglican vicar and Director of the Centre for Research in Religion & Social Policy at the University of Divinity, reviews a booklet written to support Barnabas Fund’s petition for new safeguards for freedom of religion in Australia. The Ruddock expert panel on the issue has delivered its report to the Federal Government but it is yet to be released to the public.