30 May to 5 June
Social media is perilous for those proclaiming their religious beliefs, Archbishop Freier warns; National Aboriginal Bishop Chris McLeod tells his family's story and outlines the challenges ahead towards reconciliation; and Melbourne's South Sudanese community mourns a mother, mentor and Anglican leader who was killed in a road tragedy this week.
June 5 2019
Australia’s Anglican Primate, Archbishop of Melbourne Philip Freier, warns of the perils of social media as a tool to promote religious belief, saying the controversial Instagram post by rugby union star Israel Folau and Folau's subsequent dismissal by the sport's governing body Rugby Australia was the latest example of high-profile people coming to grief because of unwise use of social media.
Watch National Aboriginal Bishop Chris McLeod, a son of the Stolen Generation, deliver a public lecture for National Reconciliation Week on the week’s theme, “Grounded in truth: walk together with courage”. Adelaide-based Bishop McLeod’s lecture at St John’s Cathedral Brisbane was hosted by the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.
The South Sudanese community in Melbourne is mourning the loss of a prominent Anglican leader and youth mentor who was killed in an alleged hit-run in the city's west. Abiol Atem Manyang, who was known fondly by the community as Mama Abiol, was crossing Ballarat Road in Ardeer about 6.45pm on Monday when she was hit by a car.
The Living Room is a new program of Many Rooms, City on a Hill’s mercy ministry, that provides companionship for older people living in aged care homes or living in their own homes and receiving (or waitlisted for) a home care package. This service is funded by the federal government, and will see trained volunteers matched with an older person who may be experiencing isolation and loneliness. Watch this video to find out more, including how you or someone you know can get involved, either as a volunteer or as a care recipient.
Resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which in Australia is observed between 2 and 9 June, with the theme this year of “Justice and only justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16.18-20).
Sydney’s Western Region Bishop Ivan Lee gives a candid account of living with cancer and facing death, saying he believes that if he can get through the ordeal, anyone can. “And it’s not because I’m such a strong Christian, it’s that I put my trust in a strong God and we can all do that.”
The Revd Keith Dalby, who reached the rank of Petty Officer in the Navy and served as a priest in Timboon and Warracknabeal before becoming Rector of the Sydney parish of St John’s Gordon, is to succeed Bishop John Ford as Bishop of The Murray, covering the south-eastern part of South Australia.
Bishop Paul Bayes of Liverpool says US President Donald Trump’s populist way of doing politics is “toxic and dangerous”. On the eve of Mr Trump’s state visit to the UK, Bishop Bayes said: “I don’t agree with him, I think he’s mistaken in many of his policies and I think that the Christians who identify with him, especially in the US, are not properly responding to what our Christian faith says they should do.”
The wider electorate is desperate for signs of cooperation and genuine reconciliation with Indigenous people, writes Toni Hassan, adjunct scholar with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at Charles Sturt University in Canberra.
The events of 4 June 1989 in Beijing were horrific, but then prime minister Hawke's leadership and the skills, passion and sacrifice of the generation of Chinese that stayed in Australia in Tiananmen Square's aftermath have consequently made Australia a more vibrant society.