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This week, what Anzac Day means and how it has changed; Bishop Richard Condie on redress; and Barbara Bush's Anglican faith.

April 25 2018 

Anzac Day: Can Australia handle the truth?

Queensland historian Associate Professor Martin Crotty joins broadcasters Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens to contemplate the complexities of Anzac Day and how Australians can move beyond the day’s “official memory” in this episode of ABC Radio National’s The Minefield.


Ethics of war

Listen to former Anglican Bishop to the Defence Forces, Professor Tom Frame, and veteran military chaplain the Revd John Sanderson discuss with host Andrew West on ABC Radio National’s Religion and Ethics Report how combatants can resist the worst of human impulses.


Remembering rightly: Anzac Day in the light of Easter

Anglican priest and scholar the Revd Dr Sarah Bachelard, founder and leader of the ecumenical Benedictus Contemplative Church in Canberra, shares her unease about Anzac Day and asks if what it stands for can be remembered honestly and redemptively.


There is more than one Christian lesson for war remembrance

Melbourne Uniting Church theologian, the Revd Dr Geoff Thompson, takes on some of the traditional Biblical interpretations associated with Anzac Day in this piece for The Guardian Australia.


Hope in death

What’s in an epitaph, asks the Revd Dr Colin Bale, Vice-Principal and Academic Dean of Moore College in Sydney? Often, they are intended to say much more to the reader than about the person interred.


Tasmanian Bishop – please buy our churches

Listen to Bishop Richard Condie’s conversation with Hobart ABC broadcaster Leon Compton about the Anglican Church’s plans to sell real estate to help fund redress for survivors of child sexual abuse and what that means for its mission in the Island State.


‘Benefit of hindsight’: ASIC may have been wrong body to protect consumers

Prominent Melbourne Anglican Professor Ian Harper, a member of the Reserve Bank board and a notable reformer of Australia’s financial system, draws some lessons from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry in this interview with Peter Martin, Economics Editor of The Age.


Former Bendigo Dean consecrated bishop for Brisbane’s Southern Region

Bendigo’s former Dean John Roundhill returns to Queensland as Bishop for the Southern Region of the Brisbane diocese, which includes the Gold Coast. Read this report of his consecration as successor of Bishop Alison Taylor, who has retired to Melbourne to do doctoral research.


Barbara Bush’s old-fashioned religion

The wife of one US President and mother of another seemed to embody the virtues of womanhood promoted in 20th-century American Protestantism, writes Jacob Lupfer for Religion News Service. Mrs Bush’s funeral was held last weekend at Houston’s St Martin’s Episcopal Church, where she and her husband were active members for decades after moving to Texas.


Video: Season of Intentional Discipleship sparks growing worldwide movement

Watch and read about a renewed international effort by Anglicans to spread the Gospel as the co-ordinating group for the Season of Intentional Discipleship meets this week in Kuala Lumpur.