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TMA awarded, shifting the culture around violence against women, Episcopal leaders urge patience as US election results delayed, Hillsong NYC pastor's 'moral failures', and philosophical roots of the Day of the Dead.

November 5 2020


November TMA is online now here. The print editions of November and December TMA will be posted out to arrive by the second Sunday of each month, as is customary for what are usually our Synod and Christmas
editions respectively.


TMA, Melbourne clergy honoured in religious press awards

TMA has won bronze awards in four categories of the annual Australasian Religious Press Association [ARPA] awards, while Melbourne clergyman the Revd Dr Gordon Preece won gold for his profile of Australian theologian and biblical scholar Professor Robert Banks.


Preventing violence against women is everyone's business

Most of us want to stop violence against women. A deep shift is needed to address the culture and social enablers underpinning and driving men’s violence against women, and prevent it from occurring. However, culture change can seem big and overwhelming. Where do we begin? What will it take? Robyn Andréo-Boosey, Program Manager of the Diocese of Melbourne’s Preventing Violence Against Women Program, explores this important question. 


Episcopal leaders urge prayer, patience as nation awaits outcome of presidential election

As Americans woke on 4 November with the outcome of the presidential election far from decided, Episcopal leaders called for prayer and patience as the process unfolds over the coming days and weeks. The incoming results from several key battleground states still could tip the 3 November election either toward President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden, especially as election officials work to finish counting the large volume of absentee and mail-in ballots, driven to record levels by the coronavirus pandemic.


Why truth matters for democracy

A peculiar attitude toward truth characterised democracy from the moment of its modern rebirth, writes Sophia Rosenfeld, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. The monarchical states of ancien régime Europe mainly prided themselves on their ability to control the flow of information and to determine its official sources. By contrast, getting to knowledge that could garner widespread assent would depend, in the vision of the founding fathers of the United States and their international counterparts, on publicity and collaboration.


Carl Lentz Hillsong NYC position terminated for ‘moral failures’

Carl Lentz, the high profile pastor of Hillsong NYC perhaps best known for baptising Justin Beiber, has had his employment terminated. In an email sent out to Hillsong East Coast church members, Hillsong Global Pastor Brian Houston said the action was taken after evidence of leadership issues, breaches of trust, and a recent revelation of moral failures, but that it would be inappropriate to provide details of what led to the decision.


Anglican Deacon features on Restoration Australia

Anglican deacon Carl Palmer and his wife Jennie are the guests in episode 3 of the third season of Restoration Australia, as they work to restore the historic homestead Nanima in Wellington in the Central West of NSW.


‘Dear friends’: C of E Archbishops urge nation to be calm during new lockdown

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have appealed to the British people to be calm, courageous, and compassionate, the day before the second lockdown comes into force. In a rare letter to the nation, addressed “Dear friends”, the Archbishops refer to the story of Jesus calming the storm. They write: “This year, too, we have been caught in a storm which often feels overwhelming. And yet we can look to Jesus, in the boat with us, who calms the storm and comforts us in fear.”


France considers envoy to explain Macron's ideas to Muslim states

France is looking at appointing a special envoy to explain Emmanuel Macron’s thinking on secularism and freedom of expression in a bid to quell the anti-French backlash growing in some Muslim countries, officials have said.


What Day of the Dead tells us about the Aztec philosophy of happiness

While Halloween is increasingly being marked outside of the United States, the Mexican Day of the Dead remains somewhat enigmatic and even macabre. But the festival is deeply rooted in Aztec ethics and the philosophy of happiness, writes Lynn Sebastian Purcell for The Conversation. 


Refugees are the canaries in the mine

If society were a mine, refugees would be the canaries in it, Jesuit priest Andrew Hamilton writes. Their condition reveals whether the currents of public air are pure or toxic. "By that standard the present currents in Australia are noxious. They mark a change from the first generous response to the coronavirus to the meaner reconstruction of the economy."