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Messages for Easter and about the wider lessons for Australian culture of ball-tampering, plus a plea about Passion plays.

March 28 2018 

Easter Messages for 2018 from Leaders of the Christian Churches in Australia

Melbourne’s Bishop Philip Huggins, the President of the National Council of Churches in Australia, longs for “Jesus in our midst” this Easter as he and other church leaders offer their reflections on the central event of the Christian faith.


Christians, Jews and the dubious history of the Passion play

Rabbi A. James Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser, appeals to Christians to consider carefully how they portray the Jewish people in their dramas about Jesus’ Passion and Death.


Cricket cheats blind to the common good

Jesuit priest Andrew Hamilton says the shocking events on the cricket field in Cape Town call not just for a change in the game’s culture but of wider Australian culture’s elevation of narrow self-interest and a “win-at-all-costs” mentality.


Civil rights and Martin Luther King's legacy

ABC Radio National’s Religion and Ethics Report considers the legacy of US civil rights champion and minister of religion Martin Luther King Jr with the 50th anniversary of his death in Memphis falling in the week after Easter.


New York's Trinity Church and St Paul’s Chapel, which survived 9/11, now have metal detectors

They survived the attacks on the World Trade Center and were spiritual and material refuges amid the carnage of 9/11. But two historic churches in Lower Manhattan have yielded to a grimmer side of the modern world.


Sorry not enough, Archbishops’ letter says after UK’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse hearings, and a survivor agrees

A letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York after a hearing of the UK’s abuse inquiry tries to offer a way forward but a survivor of clerical abuse, the Revd Janet Fife, responds by commenting that the Archbishops “could hardly have got it more wrong”.


Pastoral Letter – Tathra Bushfire

Canberra and Goulburn’s Vicar-General, Bishop Trevor Edwards, appeals to Anglicans to come to the aid of the people of Tathra on the NSW South Coast after the devastating bushfire there earlier this month.


ABC TV's Compass program on Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy to be telecast over Easter weekend

Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy made history again when she became Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of Western Australia in February. ABC TV’s Compass program follows her from Gippsland back to the West, where she became Australia’s first female bishop 10 years ago.


Indigenous Christianity: It's not black and white

Is Dreamtime spirituality changing Christianity in Australia? Hear James Carleton, of ABC Radio National’s God Forbid program, explore with Indigenous Christians the vitality of their spiritual lives.


Report following court case of former Bishop Heather Cook finds Episcopal Church in denial about alcohol abuse

The US Episcopal Church remains mired in a “system of denial and helplessness”, according to a report it commissioned after the widely publicised indictment and conviction of Heather Cook, a former suffragan bishop of the Maryland diocese, following the 2014 death of a cyclist in a drunk-driving hit-and-run tragedy.