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Anglicans honoured on Queen's Birthday; prayers urged for US as anger continues over President Trump's use of the Bible for a photo opportunity; and more.
June 11 2020
The June edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) – a special digital edition – is available in various formats for reading online and printing. Please click here. The Prayer Diary has not been included within the pages of TMA this month, but can be found here.
A prominent economist who worships at St Jude’s Carlton, a pioneering female priest and hymn writer whose ministry began in Melbourne and is now in the Western Australian Goldfields, a veteran vicar and community-builder in the Dandenong Ranges, a law professor with a passion for social justice who is a parishioner in Geelong and the former principal of a leading church school are among Anglicans who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Anglican clergy and local church leaders have been invited to take part in research that explores their responses to intimate partner violence. “Intimate partner violence is recognised as being a widespread problem in our nation,” said a statement from the Anglican Church of Australia. This included “those who identify as Anglican in broader society and those who attend our churches”.
Christian relief and development agency TEAR Australia has released new research showing the staggering amount of plastic waste generated by multinational brands in developing countries.
The Bible, wielded by Trump and others like him, did not begin its life as the text of the victor. Had Trump read the text he held, he would have found a story of liberation for slaves, a divine preference for the poor, a demand of justice for the marginalised, a cry of lament from those who grieve, and a damning critique of any empire that oppressed its people, writes Robyn Whitaker from the University of Divinity.
When I heard the news of the killing of George Floyd’s killing I was really sad, but not the least surprised. Now I am actually hopeful now that something will be done to stop the ingrained racism in this country. Most Australians choose not to see it.
It is good to remember that extended periods of restriction, isolation and deprivation appear regularly in the story of the people of God, writes Ridley College Principal the Revd Dr Brian Rosner. “What is God doing in such times? He is revealing our hearts. He is providing for us and reassuring us of his goodness. He is forming us as his children.”
Sydney rector the Revd Dr Michael Jensen outlines his objection to President Donald Trump’s use of the Bible outside a historic Washington DC church at the height of protests after the death of African American Mr George Floyd at the hands of police. “The Bible is not a book to be weaponised,” Dr Jensen writes in The Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s not a talisman or a lucky charm. It’s a book to be read and to be lived – or not at all.”
Sydney’s Archbishop Glenn Davies says the anger pouring forth on the streets of every major city of the US is evidence of deep-seated racial tension and inequity in that country. “While the street violence and looting of shops is to be deplored, the needless death of George Floyd is an outrage and an injustice that needs to be addressed,” he says -- and adds that Australia needs prayers too as the underlying racial tensions and inequalities are just as serious here.
Bishop Vivienne Faull of Bristol says the city should “repent of the evils of our slave trading past”, after a statue of the 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down and thrown into the harbour by anti-racism protesters on Sunday. Thousands of people across the UK defied social-distancing measures at the weekend to join largely peaceful protests organised by the campaign group Black Lives Matter. Commenting on a video of the statue being pulled down by ropes and jumped on by protesters, she wrote: “The symbolism of this is profound. The old order is changing (and not just in Bristol).”
Timothy Keller, founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and a best-selling author and church planter, announced on 7 June that he has pancreatic cancer and will soon begin chemotherapy treatment. “I feel great and have no symptoms,” Keller, 69, wrote on Facebook and other social media posts. “It was what doctors call an 'incidental pick-up'."