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The former National Director of the Bush Church Aid Society becomes bishop in the "Bush Capital"; actor Sam Neill says quake-ravaged Christchurch Cathedral should go; and in the wake of this week's vegan protests, listen to a philosopher and a butcher discuss what we should and shouldn't eat, and why.

April 11 2019

 

Archbishop Freier's Easter Message

This Easter, Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia Philip Freier asks us to remember that even in moments of calamity and human failure, Christ offers salvation to all.

 

Bishop Mark Short installed as Canberra-Goulburn’s Anglican Bishop

Canberra-Goulburn’s new Anglican Bishop Dr Mark Short has been consecrated and installed in historic St Saviour’s Cathedral Goulburn to the sounds of a South Sudanese choir and – in what may be a first for the Church – an Indigenous preacher at the service. Read Louise Thrower’s report in the Goulburn Post and watch the slideshow of the ceremony.

 

Anglicans respond to Sam Neill’s call to dismantle Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch’s Anglican Bishop Peter Carrell responds to to movie star Sam Neill's call to demolish Christ Church Cathedral and replace it with “a dynamic social hub”, saying it's too late to reconsider the building's future.

 

Giving up Netflix for Lent

Listen to the first episode in a new ABC series called Spiritual Lifehack. Justine Toh, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity, and Catholic theologian Matthew Tan explore chronic distraction in a world full of hand-held devices — our contemporary equivalent of what the Christian tradition has long labelled “sloth” — and how giving up Netflix could be the answer.

 

Foreign aid advocates express disappointment over budget decision on foreign aid

Christian coalition Micah Australia has expressed disappointment that the Federal Government has decided to keep foreign aid at its “least generous level” in its pre-election Budget. The decision not to restore the foreign aid budget, which will drop to 0.21 per cent of Gross National Income in 2019-20 and which is slated to drop further to 0.19 per cent in 2021-22, comes despite the Government predicting a Budget surplus in the next financial year.

 

Breakthrough on teaching theology through Indigenous eyes

New research study options offered through Whitley College and the University of Divinity in Melbourne will allow students to study theology through Indigenous eyes, Kaley Payne reports for Eternity. The colleges have signed a memorandum of understanding with NAIITS, formerly known as the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies, a global organisation seeking to create culturally sensitive theological learning opportunities for the world’s indigenous communities.

 

Why all the fuss about Discipleship?

The Anglican Communion’s Director for Theological Education, the Revd Canon Dr Stephen Spencer, who is to visit Melbourne next month, writes that the Season of Intentional Discipleship, a “holistic way of following Christ”, is a movement taking hold in many dioceses of the Communion.

 

In Québec, Christian liberalism becomes the religious authority

Hannah Dick writes that a secularism law proposed by the Québec Government prohibiting any new public servants in a position of authority — including teachers, lawyers and police officers — from wearing religious symbols while at work appears intolerant of religion in all its public forms. But she says the neutral and secular language of the bill presumes an invisible Christian default when outlining the rules around public expressions of religiosity.

 

Archbishop of Canterbury to lead spiritual retreat for South Sudan leaders in Vatican

Vatican News reports that Pope Francis has backed a proposal by Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury to organise a spiritual retreat in the Vatican this week for the highest civil and ecclesiastical authorities of South Sudan. Each participant is to receive a Bible signed by the Pope, the Archbishop and the Revd John Chalmers, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, with the message: “Seek that which unites. Overcome that which divides.”

 

Thy Kingdom Come: Archbishops of Canterbury and York invite global Church to pray for people to come faith

Watch Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York John Sentamu invite Christians to join the now-annual Thy Kingdom Come global wave of prayer, which runs from Ascension to Pentecost.

 

The ethics of what we eat

A philosopher and a butcher dig into what we should and shouldn’t eat, and why, in this podcast from the Centre for Public Christianity.