Newsstand 3 - 9 September
Prominent Melbourne Anglican among Australians offering to house detained refugees; COVID crisis a path to God?; Cathedral at heart of ABC's take on Melbourne's lockdown; praying for peace in the Holy Land ... and more.
September 9 2020
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A prominent Melbourne Anglican is one of many Australians prepared to open their homes to refugees being kept in indefinite immigration detention.
Significant encounters with God often emerge from situations of disruption and chaos, writes Graeme Garrett.
St Paul's Cathedral sits at the heart of this segment by ABC TV's 7.30 program, in images and music, of life under lockdown in Melbourne.
Recognising the presence of trauma in the Bible can transform the way in which it is read, especially by those who have suffered, says Megan Warner, formerly of Trinity College Theological School in Melbourne, in this Church Times extract from her chapter 'Bible and Trauma' in The Bible and Mental Health: Towards a biblical theology of mental health, edited by Christopher C. H. Cook and Isabelle Hamley, published by SCM Press.
The Guardian has brought together a powerful interactive article from the statements of more than 90 victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings, the worst terrorist attack in New Zealand’s history. Wounded, mourning, defiant, they spoke at the sentencing hearing for the gunman responsible, explaining how the massacre changed their lives forever.
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network has developed resources, showing “simple things you can do to assist in raising awareness and show solidarity to the people in the Holy Land”, for use by churches during the World Council of Churches’ World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, which runs from 13 to 21 September.
Watch Archbishop Justin Welby’s appeal to the world's Anglicans to donate to a Communion-wide appeal to support the Church in its ministry during the pandemic, providing food relief to the vulnerable, communicating ways of staying safe from the virus and providing hand-washing facilities and Personal Protective Equipment.
When the pandemic disrupts, ingenuity sometimes blooms. In rural West Virginia, the result this summer was Camp in a Box, an Episcopal initiative serving dozens of children in one of the poorest counties in the United States. Camp in a Box kicked off on 10 July with an invitation to explore Australia, with customised boxes featuring books, science experiments, suggestions for physical activities and art projects – koala art was featured during the Australia week – distributed to 39 families with more than 100 young explorers.
Employers have figured out how to exploit society’s crisis of meaning – by turning workplaces into sites of cult-like religious devotion.
Is it possible to be biologically dead, but socially alive? What would that entail? On ABC Radio’s God Forbid, James and panel find out more about the digital afterlife.