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Earth overshoots, former Anglican Dean convicted of sex assault, Rowan Williams on history and identity, how churches are helping fight the latest Ebola outbreak and more.

July 31 2019


Brisbane Dean discusses Earth Overshoot Day

Dr Peter Catt, Dean of St John's Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane, spoke with ABC Radio’s Rachel Mealey on 29 July about Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the day when humanity’s demands for ecological resources, including fish, forests and fresh water, exceed what the Earth can renew in a year.


Former Anglican Dean of Newcastle Graeme Lawrence convicted over sex assault of 15yo boy

A former Dean of Newcastle Graeme Lawrence is convicted over the aggravated sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy in 1991. Lawrence is to be sentenced in September.


Epping church turns 150

Anglican parishioners in Epping were joined by Archbishop Philip Freier at the weekend to celebrate 150 years of St John the Evangelist Anglican Church with a Festal Eucharist and commemorative cookbook launch.


Most Americans can define atheists, Easter, but don’t know US share of Muslims, Jews

A new report on American religious literacy released on Tuesday by Pew Research Center reveals some of what Americans do and don’t tend to know about their own faiths and others.


Watershed vote as Anglican Church of Canada supports an indigenous church

Canada’s General Synod votes overwhelmingly to approve steps to enable a self-determining Indigenous church within the wider Anglican Church. Following the approval of changes in canon law, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald – a speaker at Melbourne’s combined clergy conference in 2017 – was given the title and status of Archbishop.


The strangeness of the past and the self: Rowan Williams on history and identity

In his book Why Study the Past? The Quest for the Historical Church, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams engages in issues parochial to Christianity and the study of history. These include doctrinal development, changes in liturgical practices, and theories of church authority. For Williams, however, the central question is about identifying the church: who is a part of the mystical, eschatological church, the church that ultimately transcends history? 


‘That Jesus freak still lives inside of me’: When Christianity met the counterculture in the 1960s

Alice Moldovan, from ABC Radio National’s Soul Search, explores the Jesus People movement — a countercultural Christian evangelical revival that spread across America and the world from San Francisco in the late 1960s.


The One A Week Psalms project

For Karly Michelle Edgar, a mixed media artist with an MA in Church Practice, the ritual of reflecting on one Psalm a week and engaging with it creatively has been an important spiritual discipline during a time of ill-health.


India to outlaw centuries-old right of a Muslim man to instantly divorce his wife

India's Parliament has approved a bill outlawing the centuries-old right of a Muslim man to instantly divorce his wife, drawing accusations of government interference in a community matter.


Churches key responders in battle against latest Ebola outbreak

Anglican churches in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are playing a vital role, alongside healthcare agencies, in the fight against the world’s second largest outbreak of Ebola in the north east of the country.