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5 - 11 September

TMA takes home three at the ARPA awards; Asia Bibi's blasphemy plea; Anglicans in Bahamas ask for prayers; Labor frontbencher says the party needs to engage with religious voters more; an interview with Tim Costello; and much more.

September 11 2019


Three religious press awards for TMA contributors and staff

The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) has won three awards – two of them gold as the best in their categories – at this year’s Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) conference dinner in Christchurch, New Zealand. The awards covered items published in 2018.


Justice for all, Asia Bibi pleads

Asia Bibi, the Christian acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, has appealed for justice for victims of the country’s harsh blasphemy laws.


Keep us in your prayers, says Anglican priest in the Bahamas

The Revd Kirkland Russel, priest at St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Grand Bahama, has asked for prayer for all those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.


'We didn't get it right': Labor frontbencher says party must engage with religious voters

Labor frontbencher Michelle Rowland concedes her party "didn't get it right" with religious voters at the recent federal election and the ALP's plans to increase access to abortion caused "genuine anxiety" for some people of faith.


Archbishop Ben Kwashi’s new book on faith in the face of persecution

The Archbishop of the internal province of Jos and Bishop of Jos, Ben Kwashi, has shared his story in a new book about living on “the front line” in the north of Nigeria.


The Anglican tradition and the blessing of civil unions

“Blessing lies at the heart of our common life as Anglicans and we are to extend it, as the gospel summons us, beyond ourselves to others,” said the Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee, Stewart Research Professor at Trinity College and Canon Theologian in the Diocese of Wangaratta, in her recent address to the Synod of the Diocese of Wangaratta on the blessing of civil unions. Read an edited version of her address here.


A lot with a little: an interview with Tim Costello

In this interview with the Centre for Public Christianity, which he has recently joined as a Senior Fellow, social justice advocate the Revd Tim Costello looks back on a storied, surprising life.


Stop lying and bullying, Bishop of Leeds tells PM

The Bishop of Leeds in the UK, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, has spoken of a crisis of “truth and trust” in UK politics caused in part by a Prime Minister who has “repeatedly lied, and misrepresented” Brexit to the nation.


Religious schools should be required to enrol a mix of religions: Hindu Council

Religious schools should be required to admit a certain percentage of teachers and students from other religions so children can learn about other faiths, the peak body representing Hindus has told the Morrison government.


Israeli researchers find mosaic with Christian miracle scenes

Colourful mosaic scenes, including a basket with loaves of bread, a peacock and fish, were discovered by University of Haifa archaeologists in Hippos near the Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) at the Byzantine “Burnt Church” site, according to the University of Haifa.