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New Diocesan Chancellor outlines priorities; US Presiding Bishop proposes the way of the Good Samaritan to heal a tortured US; a tribute to former Ridley College Principal, the Revd Maurice Betteridge; why a mining company's destruction of Indigenous artefacts matters; differing views on reopening churches as coronavirus persists; and much more...
June 4 2020
The June edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) – a special digital edition – is available in various formats for reading online and printing. Please click here. The Prayer Diary has not been included within the pages of TMA this month, but can be found here.
The new Chancellor of the Diocese of Melbourne, Professor the Honourable Clyde Croft AM SC, says the establishment and operation of redress schemes will be a priority as well as continuing the work of his predecessor, Mr Michael Shand QC, in professional standards.
Writing in The Washington Post, Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, says: “What America has seen in the past several days may leave us wondering what we can possibly do in this moment to be good Samaritans – to help heal our country, even the parts we don’t know or like. But we have the answer.”
Leaders from the Episcopal Church have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets to clear clergy and protesters from the area around St John’s Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House, so President Donald Trump could use it as an unauthorised photo op on 1 June. Bishop Mariann Budde of Washington told CNN: “I am outraged. The President did not pray when he came to St. John’s, nor … did he acknowledge the agony of our country right now. I just can’t believe what my eyes have seen.”
Anglicare Australia has renewed its call to raise the rate of JobSeeker (formerly Newstart) and related payments for good. The call follows the release of the Australian Council of Social Service’s Poverty in Australia report. Anglicare Australia is a partner in the research.
The Revd Maurice Betteridge, who died on 25 May at age 92, was the seventh Principal of Ridley College, a position to which he brought “broad experience of the worldwide church, keen academic interest in church history (especially the Reformation), a heart for evangelistic preaching, and experience of leadership in ministry contexts,” writes Ridley’s the Revd Canon Dr Rhys Bezzant. “But perhaps he is remembered best of all for his gentle wit and kind pastoral ways.”
If we want something long lasting, something transcending laws, empathy needs to be much stronger, something embedded into the mind and heart. Not the type of empathy that emerges when one has to say “sorry”, but the type existing before “sorry” is even considered. With empathy, how could you justify the hurt Aboriginal people on this continent experience when we find out another culturally significant place has been destroyed?
The NSW Government’s recent decision to begin easing restrictions on places of worship will not restore the church services from February of this year, writes the Revd Dr Bruce Kaye, a former General Secretary of the General Synod. “These services will be hollow versions of their former selves, and deeply problematic,” he writes. The challenge for Christians and church leaders now is how far they will allow two fundamental elements of the faith they profess – the care of others, and the duty to be patient – to shape their responses to the recent offer of the Government.
The UK Government is facing mounting calls to reopen places of worship, which have been closed for more than two months, as lockdown restrictions ease. Churches, mosques, synagogues and temples are due to open under step three of the Government’s recovery plan on 4 July at the earliest, along with hairdressers, cinemas and pubs. Some clergy say Church of England leaders should be pressing the Government to bring places of worship into step two of the recovery plan, in place from 1 June. They argue that if shops are allowed to reopen from mid-June, places of worship should be permitted to unlock their doors.
Non-attendance cremations have doubled during the pandemic to 20 per cent, with some families planning a memorial later, Olsens Funerals managing director Steve Kellaway tells The Sydney Morning Herald. He worries that putting “grief on hold” could be damaging. Australian Funeral Directors Association national president Andrew Pinder said more funerals were being held on golf courses, ovals and farms so that more people could attend.
Watch the Church of England’s national Pentecost Sunday service, a virtual conclusion to Thy Kingdom Come under coronavirus restrictions this year, with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, UK Church leaders and a message from Pope Francis.