Newsstand 2 - 8 July
TMA chats with the new Primate, how the pandemic is dividing the Anglicans over the shape of the church, looking after clergy mental health, where is the church in Brazil's COVID-19 outbreak, and more
July 8 2020
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Australia's new Anglican Primate, Archbishop Geoff Smith of Adelaide, questions whether the deferred meetings of General Synod and the Lambeth Conference of the world's Anglican bishops will go ahead in 2021 but expects both to be shaped by the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 if they do. He also said the adaptations forced by coronavirus offered huge opportunities for Anglicans to explore how an online Church presence might work.
The Church of England and the wider Anglican world are experiencing “accelerated changes” from the pandemic which may have serious consequences for “brick-and-mortar” church life after this crisis, according to reports.
There’s a wistful note in Bishop Paul Barnett’s voice when he says that, after 30 years, his tour-leading days to Bible lands with his wife Anita are done. The 84-year-old historian and author and Mrs Barnett began to take tours when he was still Bishop of North Sydney. “In one way or another we have visited every place mentioned in the New Testament – every one, except Tarsus, and Antioch in Syria [now Turkey],” he says. “This has been incredibly helpful in my writing because I can visualise the place … I just remember it, because I’ve been there so many times.”
As places of worship in the UK prepare to reopen after more than three months of lockdown, The Guardian charts the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on faith communities, including the Church of England, in words and pictures.
Religious clergy are supposed to provide comfort in times of crisis, which raises questions about who comforts the comforters. James Carelton and the panel of podcast God Forbid take a look at the wellbeing of faith leaders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the United States celebrated Independence Day under the clouds of illness and injustice, three influential leaders in The Episcopal Church published an open letter to the church questioning exactly whose freedom the country and the church were celebrating, and pushing for extensive internal and external anti-racist action.
Brazil is fast becoming the new epicentre of COVID-19. The country is now grappling with around 1000 deaths per day from the virus – the highest daily death toll in the world. As onlookers analyse how Brazil reached this deadly milestone, Tim Costello, host of Eternity‘s Hope in Crisis podcast, chatted with Brazilian pastor and theologian Valdir Steuernagel for the latest episode.
Archbishop Justin Welby tells the first Canterbury Cathedral congregation he has addressed since the coronavirus lockdown of churches in the UK ended last weekend that Christians have returned to their churches and rejoice “in order to go out and renew, with all others of goodwill, and to rebuild a more just, more humane, and more Christ-like society from the struggles we have faced, and have yet to face”.
With Jesus, and with the scriptures, we are seeing eternity finding a way to say something that time might understand, says the Revd Dr Jessica Martin, Canon Residentiary of Ely Cathedral in England. "In the Word, God opens a conversation where both partners — God and humanity — have a place to speak," she writes.
Listen to Tim Costello and Simon Smart in conversation with former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on his career, politics, religion and leadership in this podcast from the Centre for Public Christianity.