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Newsstand 6 - 12 February

Dr Freier's 65th birthday surprises; Christians urged to resist the fear that surrounds contagious diseases as coronavirus crisis deepens; C of E launches stock exchange index to monitor companies' efforts to tackle climate change; and behind wellness culture, the 'religion' for those who'd never be caught dead in church.

February 12 2020


Archbishop celebrates 65th birthday with singing, supper – and a book in his honour

Archbishop Philip Freier was the “victim” of a year-long plot by his family, episcopal colleagues and other leading Anglicans to mark his 65th birthday on Sunday 9 February, with acclamation at Evensong he attended with his family and a surprise supper at his official residence, the highlight of which was the presentation of a book published in his honour.


This year is ‘crucial’ for Australia to show leadership on climate action: Bishop Philip Huggins

Bishop Philip Huggins, a former assistant bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne and president of the National Council of Churches in Australia, is among the people profiled in this article about how people are responding to the threat of climate change.


Prayer in the time of coronavirus

A microbiologist urges Christians to resist the fear that surrounds contagious diseases.


No biting, Welby tells his fellow Anglicans

The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged the Church of England to stop infighting ahead of a pivotal year. In his presidential address at the opening of the General Synod in Westminster, Archbishop Welby noted that 2020 was a significant year, with the publication in the summer of material from the Living in Love and Faith project followed by the Lambeth Conference.


Historic Bishop’s Court in Adelaide listed for sale, set to smash city’s $7 million record

One of Adelaide’s most historic properties has hit the market for the first time since it was built more than 160 years ago.


First female, lesbian leads Michigan Episcopal Diocese

The Michigan diocese of the Episcopal Church has its first female and openly lesbian bishop.


C of E Pension Board launches London Stock Exchange index to monitor climate change progress

One of the Church of England’s national investment bodies is using its financial clout to launch a new initiative to monitor companies’ efforts to tackle climate change.


Yoga, mindfulness, and detox diets: religion for those who’d never be caught dead in a church?

Justine Toh from the Centre for Public Christianity delves into the “religion” of wellness culture with columnist and author Brigid Delaney.


Crooked preachers and sexy priests: has TV got a problem with Christianity?

Christians on TV were once limited to ethical debates and Songs of Praise. But from Fleabag to The Righteous Gemstones, portrayals are now less pious and more provocative


In the future of work, a university degree won’t be seen as a prerequisite for being ‘successful’

In this piece on the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s website, vocational skills champion Sara Caplan from PwC urges employers to broaden their view about the talent pool they draw on to benefit their business.