4 -10 July
Over 1000 already registered to attend Lambeth 2020; Australia's moral legitimacy and the case for recognising Indigenous sovereignty; NAIDOC week; Co-founder of Mercy Ships speaks about his journey; and a new poll finds most Americans don't consult with religious leaders before making big decisions.
July 10 2019
More than one thousand bishops and their spouses have so far registered to take part in the Lambeth Conference 2020, the decennial gathering of the bishops of the Anglican Communion. Bishops from 40 Anglican Communion Provinces and five Extra Provincial Areas have been invited to the event by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Professor Marcia Langton, Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne, writes that the moral legitimacy of Australia as a modern state will remain at issue while an honourable place for Indigenous Australians in the formal Constitution of the nation remains unresolved.
NAIDOC Week runs from 7 to 14 July. The NAIDOC theme returns to the other side of the relationship between First and later Australians — that of unity within a single nation — and invites cooperation in a project that matters to all Australians. At stake is not simply the fulfilment of Indigenous hopes but shared pride in an Australian identity, writes Andrew Hamilton in Eureka Street.
International Christian hospital ship charity Mercy Ships is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. American Don Stephens, who co-founded the organisation with his wife Deyon back in 1979, spoke with Sight Magazine’s David Adams about how he came to found the organisation, and some of the ups and downs of the journey since then.
Tim Costello has formalised his place as perhaps Australia’s most admired “public Christian” by joining the Centre for Public Christianity.
Let us not fool ourselves into believing that the image of toddler Angie Valeria Martinez, who had drowned alongside her father as they attempted to make it across the US-Mexico border by crossing the Rio Grande, will change global attitudes towards providing safe haven for asylum seekers, writes Ramona Wadi in Eureka Street.
A large majority of Americans make important decisions without calling on religious leaders for advice, according to a new survey released this week. The poll finds that three-quarters of American adults rarely or never consult a clergy member or religious leader, while only about a quarter do so at least some of the time.
A London-based Jamaican-born Anglican priest who serves as Chaplain to MPs at Westminster is to be the next Bishop of Dover. The bishopric is a suffragan see in the Diocese of Canterbury, but the bishop effectively runs the diocese, allowing the Archbishop of Canterbury to spend more time on his Primatial duties for the Church of England and his role as primus inter pares (“first among equals”) in the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Archbishop Justin Welby, in a sermon at York Minster last Sunday, says a great crisis of the spirit, of national morale, in the UK that goes beyond the divisions over Brexit “challenges us in the Church of England to justify our privileges by our self-giving actions as lambs among wolves, not the wolves of people, but the wolves of iniquity and injustice, the structures, not parties, not particular politicians, but actions in service to our whole country”.
For most of the three centuries since the novel in its modern form was invented, the Church of England has been a social Church, a societal Church, embedded in English power structures and social relationships. But it created challenges for novelists who consciously wrote as Anglicans. But at least until 1994, when the C of E ordained women as priests for the first time, novel-writing Anglican women “were their Church’s intimate outsiders, its observant and vitally necessary second-class citizens”.