Newsstand 27 August to 2 September
Interim MADC CEO appointed, an Anglican health economist's take on why you shouldn't argue against lockdown, Christian resistance to Oxford vaccine, Jerry Falwell Jnr's fall from grace, and more
September 2 2020
The September edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) has been posted to parishes and subscribers, 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.
A former member of the St Paul's Cathedral Choir who has had a career in business, the health sector, philanthropy and the arts, Mr Chris Arnold AM, has been appointed Interim CEO of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. Mr Arnold succeeds Mr Ken Spackman, whose resignation took effect on 28 August after 12 years with the diocese as Registrar and CEO of the Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation.
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, told attendees at a webinar offered by St Peter’s Eastern Hill last month that the COVID lockdown was like a pilgrimage on the Camino trail, despite it being a punishing and unfair experience.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted, as the Bible says in St Matthew's Gospel. But where is the comfort for those who grieve but cannot mourn, asks Melbourne Anglican Dr Muriel Porter, whose husband the Revd Dr Brian Porter is living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
As we approach the end of the current lockdown period, the Victorian government is facing a critical choice – keep us at stage four or slacken up a bit. Easing restrictions would give us all a lift, but is not the right call when new cases are still in triple, or even double, digits, argues Dr Stephen Duckett, Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute and Vicar’s Warden at St Peter’s Eastern Hill.
A COVID-19 vaccine derived from the cell lines of an aborted foetus is dividing Australian Christians. While some are against “cooperating with this evil”, others worry moral objections will play into anti-vaxxers’ hands.
Melbourne Anglicans Rachael Lopez, Jo Knight and Lara Ruddle are among the women selected for Anglican Deaconess Ministries’ Annual Funding Event, which provides support for Christian women leading ministries and gospel-shaped initiatives across Australia. In the lead-up to the live event on Wednesday 2 September, watch their pitch videos on ADM’s website.
The West Papua Womens office is encouraging self-determination advocates to plant a tree in memory of UN General-Secretary and decolonisation leader Dag Hammarskjöld. His death on 18 September 1961 precluded him from presenting his Decolonisation Program for the Non-Self-Governing Territory of Dutch-Nieuw Guinea (West Papua) to the 1961 UN General Assembly. Bishop Philip Huggins, President of the National Council of Churches in Australia and a former assistant bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne, is among the people who have planted a tree and sent a video message to be presented to the UN Secretary-General on 29 September 2020.
Chadwick Boseman – the actor best known for his lead role as T’Challa in Marvel superhero blockbuster Black Panther – died at the age of 43 last Friday, following a four-year battle with colon cancer. While star-on-the-rise Boseman is being remembered for playing several iconic African-American figures there also have been tributes to the strength of his faith.
A sex scandal surrounding the ex-head of Liberty University could weigh on the president’s white evangelical fan base in run-up to election. Jerry Falwell Jr, the US evangelical leader, president of the country’s premier conservative Christian university and close associate of Donald Trump, has watched his status as a figurehead for the Christian right crash and burn after a turbulent week.
Anglicans in New Zealand have joined refugee advocates in welcoming an expansion of the Government’s Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship pilot scheme; while calling for a fairer plan to enable more vulnerable refugees to receive help from churches.