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C of E joins shareholder revolt in Australia; royal commission echoes; and Christian hopes for new era in Korea.

May 2 2018 


Rio Tinto: largest-ever shareholder revolt directed against coal lobby in Australia

The Church of England joins a shareholder revolt in Melbourne over Rio Tinto’s “negative lobbying to prevent action to address climate change” in what is described as the biggest pushback against management on the issue in Australian corporate history.


Subverting idolatry in churches and banks

Jesuit priest Andrew Hamilton sees a resemblance in what is emerging from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry with what came out in the earlier Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Cautious welcome for north-south peace accord in Korea

The historic meeting of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the demilitarised zone between their two countries last week has been welcomed by Christian groups on the Korean peninsula and abroad, though with caution by some.


Lambeth 2020 and the growth of Asian Anglicanism

David Goodhew surveys Asian Anglicanism in this article for US online publication Covenant and discovers vibrant new centres and robust church life alongside theological conservatism and a quiet mode of engagement.


Heritage experts confident historic Tasmanian Anglican churches will be preserved after sale

The ABC’s Laura Beavis reports that the Tasmanian Heritage Council and the real estate industry have sought to allay fears about the future of the state’s historic Anglican churches after Bishop Richard Condie’s announcement last month that many would be sold, in part to pay for redress for survivors of child sexual abuse.


Youngest Primate in Anglican world installed to lead Maori faithful

See the lively images and read about the installation of the new leader for Maori Anglicans, 45-year-old Archbishop Don Tamihere, in this piece from New Zealand’s Anglican Taonga.


Threat to church after Anzac Day message echoing Abdel-Magied's post

Read Jacqueline Maley’s report in The Sydney Morning Herald on a disturbing response to the latest controversial message – this time on Anzac Day – outside Gosford Anglican church on the NSW Central Coast.


Church of England split over US plan to remove ‘husband and wife’ from marriage service

Plans by the US Episcopal Church to remove the words “the union of husband and wife” from its marriage rite and replace them “the union of two people” have prompted disunity in its sister church in England, as Olivia Rudgard reports in The Telegraph.


‘A dog collar is like a key to everyone’s front room in the parish’

Britain’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse publishes its interim report and, like its earlier Australian counterpart, allows survivors to offer their reflections in their own words. Tim Wyatt reports for Church Times.


The good, the bad and the ugly of Big Data

Hong Kong-based Anglican Alice Wu admits she’s hooked on communications technology and – in the midst of bad publicity for Mark Zuckerberg and co – promotes its virtues in this op-ed for the Anglican Communion News Service.