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Newsstand 6-12 August

Archbishop Freier urges Melburnians to light candles of hope during curfew; churches to close in the Riverina; Japanese Anglicans remember the end of World War II 75 years on; a Kurdish Iranian refugee describes a Preston hotel as "our latest prison"; Billy Graham goes to Washington ... and more.

August 12 2020


Melbourne Anglicans invite you to light ‘candles at curfew’

With Stage 3 restrictions in place across Victoria and the Melbourne metropolitan area under curfew from 8pm each day, Archbishop Philip Freier has invited everyone in his city to light a candle each night at 8pm, as a sign of hope. “I will be lighting a candle at my home tonight, placing it in the window facing the street,” he said.


Five Riverina Anglican churches to close, prompting call to modernise or perish

The Anglican Diocese of Riverina has announced it will close and sell five churches over the coming months in Carrathool, Buraja, Whitton, Goolgowi and Grong Grong.


‘Christianity Will Have Power’

Donald Trump made a promise to white evangelical Christians, whose support can seem mystifying to the outside observer.


With all our lives changing because of coronavirus, you could be experiencing disenfranchised grief

If you are feeling a sense of loss as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but haven't found the words or the moment to acknowledge it, you may be experiencing disenfranchised grief.


Japanese Christians remember end of Second World War with ‘peace, trust, and hope’

A message of trust and hope — and determination not to repeat the mistakes of the past — has come from the Anglican Church in Japan, Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK), on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. 


From Manus Island to Melbourne: we do not even know what we are being punished for

A multi-storey Preston hotel is "our latest prison", writes Mardin Arvin, a Kurdish Iranian writer who has been imprisoned by the Australian Government since 2013: on Manus Island (2013-19), Port Moresby (2019) and Melbourne (since 2019). "The story of each refugee is a tragedy in itself ... I am a prisoner now because I dared to dream; these dreams I will never realise."


The neoliberal revolution within the Church

Giles Fraser fears that the decline of Church of England parishes, aggravated by COVID-19, will have an immense impact on the country's wider social structure. 


Coronavirus: Lincoln Cathedral uses chalk for social distancing

Special measures are being taken at one of England's most famous cathedrals to protect both the public and the building as it reopens after lockdown. Lincoln Cathedral is using chalk to mark distances on the flag stone floor, rather than stickers or paint.


Billy Graham statue to replace that of white supremacist in US Capitol

A life-sized statue of the Revd Billy Graham will be installed in the US Capitol’s Statuary Hall collection sometime next year, replacing a statue of a white supremacist that both the state of North Carolina and the US House of Representatives want removed. The US Capitol, Statuary Hall collection consists of 100 statues of prominent people — two from each state. Graham, a North Carolina native, will take the place of Charles Aycock (1859-1912), a former state governor.


An old priority made new

Melbourne-based Salvation Army officer Peter McGuigan, who as the son of Salvo parents lived in 12 houses and attended five schools in Queensland by the time he was 15, says maintaining relationships scored close to zero in his life at that time, except for close family members. But COVID-19 has made new for all humanity the urgency of responding to Jesus' call to "love God" and "love each other".