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International Women's Day; Sydney loses 'gospel champion'; World Vision responds to corruption allegations; coronavirus leads to service rethink.

March 11 2020


International Women's Day: celebrating diversity, working for equality

To mark International Women’s Day, which was celebrated on Sunday 8 March, TMA invited a number of women from the Diocese of Melbourne to share something of their experience as women in the church. Who has inspired them in their journey of faith? What do they love about being in the church, and what do they see as some of the challenges the church faces? What are some of the issues that need to be addressed to advance gender equity in the church, and the wider world?


‘We have lost a great champion for the gospel’

Long-serving Sydney Bishop, Ivan Lee, has passed away more than four years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.


World Vision response to allegations aired in The Age

A statement from World Vision Australia Chief Financial Officer Gordon Allison in response to allegations of corruption raised in an article in The Age.


Churches stop passing of bread, wine and set to go online

Worshippers are being urged to stop the passing of bread and wine in church and be prepared for live stream services online to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies has issued new recommendations for the Diocese of Sydney that include replacing open packets of biscuits with individually wrapped biscuits, suspending communal meals and not allowing food to be served on open trays.


Lesbian priests to lead church service on eve of Anglican summit

LGBT+ campaigners will hold a church service led by two high-profile married lesbian ordained ministers on the eve of this year’s Lambeth Conference, which is expected to be dominated by conflicts over sexuality and marriage, The Guardian reports. An “inclusive” Eucharist at a church in Canterbury will be presided over by Bishop Mary Glasspool, an assistant bishop of New York, with the preacher to be the Revd Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, a daughter of Desmond Tutu, the veteran South African anti-apartheid campaigner.


Australian Women in Religion project

To coincide with International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March, the University of Divinity has launched the Australian Women in Religion Project, an Australian contribution to the 1000 Women in Religion project which seeks to add more than 1,000 names and contributions of religious and spiritual women to Wikipedia.


International Women's Day should celebrate invisible women, too — like my mother

On International Women's Day, which we celebrated on 8 March, it is important to honour women who have made headlines and changed the world. But we should also recognise the work of local heroes the wider world may have never heard of, writes Rhona Murungi, a senior program officer with World Relief.


‘Exploring Prayer’ with the Archbishop of Canterbury

Watch a five-part series by Archbishop Justin Welby on speaking and listening to God, covering the topics “Asking God”, “Learning to Lament”, “Saying Sorry”, “Giving Thanks” and “Wonder!”.


Be wary of a cashless future

We live in an era of hyper-transactionalism, whereby most of what we do is subject to the exchange of money and market pricing, writes David James in Eureka Street. Whereas in the past much of humanity was bound to a political system, now most of us are bound to a globalised monetary system. That is why a proposed change in Australia to how we use cash should receive far more attention than it does. It is not just a technical matter; it is about how power is expressed.


WCC leadership postpones central committee meeting in light of coronavirus

In light of concerns about and implications of the current international spread of COVID 19, the leadership of the World Council of Churches central committee has decided to postpone the upcoming full WCC central committee meeting, currently slated for 18-24 March, along with the executive committee meeting that was to precede it.