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Church "blind" to own racism, a new Anglican province is created, new Archbishop of York responds to controversy, Aboriginal evangelical ministry runs into the future, and what ever happened to the kibbutzim?
July 1 2020
The July edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) will be posted to parishes and subscribers this week, and is also available in various formats for reading online and printing. Please click here. The Prayer Diary can be found within TMA and also in a print-friendly version here.
Australia's National Aboriginal Bishop says the Church has a blindness to its own racism and if it wanted to speak with integrity about Black Lives Matter, or any social justice matters, it needed to look at itself as well. Adelaide-based Bishop Chris McLeod, a person of Gurindji descent whose mother Margaret and grandmother Dolly were part of the Stolen Generations, was speaking in a video interview with the Anglican Board of Mission – Australia after issuing a statement about the global Black Lives Matter campaign and its relevance to Australia on 5 June.
Women made up the majority of deacons ordained in the Church of England last year for the first time, according to new statistics published this week.
The former Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa has completed its transition into an autonomous Province of the Anglican Communion. Named after the north Egyptian city which was home to one of the earliest branches of the Christian Church, the Episcopal / Anglican Province of Alexandria will serve 10 countries as the official Anglican Communion presence: Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Chad, Mauritania, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia.
The incoming Archbishop of York has apologised for failing to take proper action relating to allegations of domestic abuse by a priest which were disclosed to him 10 years ago. Stephen Cottrell, who will be confirmed as the Church of England’s second most senior cleric next week, said he was “deeply distressed and extremely sorry” for failing to ensure that the disclosure had been properly documented and that further action had been taken.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Jesus film. Over these decades, the film has been watched more than 8.1 billion times, making it the most-watched film in history. Now it’s available in a free app, which also includes a library of over 200 different clips and movies that people can use to share the Gospel. It’s also a great resource for churches, kids’ ministry and small groups looking for new content.
The coronavirus crisis is showing patterns that can enable the Church to recapture imaginations with the gospel, writes Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley in the UK, in this Church Times piece.
For generations of young Australians, Sunday School was their first playground – a place where they learnt about God and Jesus, said prayers, sang songs and made friends. But Sunday school originated in 18th century England to teach factory children how to read and write. When introduced to Australia it quickly became a weekend fixture for many Christian families. So, why was it so popular? What has been its impact? And where is it now?
CEO of the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship of Australia laughs when he thinks of the recent review that described his organisation as not financially viable. “We’ve never been financially viable and we’ve been going for 50 years,” he tells Eternity. Despite significant funding challenges, AEF’s work is remarkably hopeful, future-focused and effective.
The first Kibbutz was founded in Israel just over 100 years ago. A radical socialist experiment, it combined communal living and Zionist philosophy with the aim of making the desert bloom. In the late 60s and 70s many young Australians, Jewish and non-Jewish, went to Israel to join a Kibbutz. In this program, ABC meets a group of young Aussies who once travelled to Israel for a life changing adventure.
The health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are not equally felt. From the United States to Brazil and the United Kingdom, low-wage workers are suffering more than others and communities of colour are most vulnerable to the virus. Despite the disparities, countries are reopening without a plan to redress these unequal harms and protect the broader community going forward. But what if we used ‘virtue’ as a guide?