Newsstand 23 - 29 January
Australia Day Honours; Primates visit ancient holy site; CoE to implement new carbon-reduction measures; the Holocaust remembered; Godly politics; and a new film pokes fun at the Christian movies
January 29 2020
A parishioner who hand-crafted furniture for the new St Peter’s Memorial Anglican Church in Kinglake from the remains of timber from the old church destroyed in the Black Saturday bushfires 11 years ago, a board member of the Brotherhood of St Laurence who has been active in the dioceses of Melbourne and Wangaratta, a leading businessman who chaired World Vision Australia and was a parishioner of Glen Waverley Anglican Church (GWAC) for 15 years and a former university college warden and chaplain now living in Moe are among Anglicans recognised in the Australia Day Honours this year.
At the end of a successful Primates’ Meeting in Jordan last week, the leaders of the Anglican Communion gathered at the shores of the River Jordan, a few metres from the site of Jesus’ baptism, for a service of Holy Communion and to renew their baptism vows. The Primates had visited a conference hall near this site at the start of their meeting, when they were received in audience by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, who spoke of Christians as “an inherent component and an integral part of the fabric of the region”.
With much of the country in drought and fires ravaging town after town, water is more precious than ever. Sacred, even. At least, that's what the artists behind the Water Dreaming – water and earth are one exhibition believe. One of those artists is Glenn Loughrey — he's an Aboriginal painter, a Melbourne Anglican priest and a self-proclaimed “white-faced blackfella”. He speaks to Patricia Karvelas on ABC’s The Drawing Room about his latest exhibition.
Almost 3000 people, including nearly 800 members of the clergy, have signed an open letter to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, saying guidance issued by bishops last week saying sex is only for married heterosexuals has made the Church of England a “laughing stock”.
The Church of England is expected to take steps to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2045, including making radical changes to the way it heats its 40,000 buildings, among them vast medieval cathedrals. There could be heated cushions in pews aimed at warming individuals rather than heating the air in churches and cathedrals, and bishops may be discouraged from international air travel.
Pope Francis has stated that in the face of the huge tragedy and atrocity of the Holocaust, “indifference is not admissible and memory is a must”. Speaking after the Angelus on 26 January in St Peter's Square, Rome, he urged everyone “to make a moment of prayer and recollection, saying each one in his own heart: ‘Never again, never again!’”
The Holocaust is often thought of as an aberration, a deviation in the progression of human history. But in reality, the events of the Holocaust were entirely predictable and were shown to the Jews in preview over and over again, writes the co-chief executive officer of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Alex Ryvchin.
Anglican minister Michael Jensen was born into church politics as a son of the former Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, and is now the rector at St Mark’s Darling Point in Sydney. Following a discussion on Eternity’s podcast With All Due Respect, Michael gives seven principles of godly church politics.
It has all the ingredients of a faith-based blockbuster: an astronaut who finds God after she’s pushed to her limits. And space monsters. But you won’t find A Prayer in Space in theatres soon. The fictional Christian film plays a central role in Faith Based, a new satirical film about the Christian film industry that premiered this past weekend at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. And it’s already attracting controversy from some circles.
Religious schools and organisations are fighting a move by the Queensland Government to make LGBT-related conversion therapy a crime in the state. Christian Schools Australia, along with three other Christian schools organisations that represent 80 schools in Queensland, told a parliamentary committee the legislation, which would make the practice of conversion therapy to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity punishable by up to 18 months in jail, was “dangerously imprecise” and risks Christian schools being in line for their pastoral case programs.