Newsstand 7 to 13 May
Climate campaigners, including people of faith, go online; a Gippsland priest serving communities devastated by the summer bushfires draws lessons from the crisis; Bishop Harrower retires again, while PNG's Primate resigns due to ill-health; the Church of England remembers VE Day 75 years on; and much more ...
May 13 2020
The May edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) is now 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.
People of faith are being encouraged to join an interactive livestream on Friday evening organised by the Australian School Strike 4 Climate movement. The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is hoping people of faith will turn up in large numbers to the 15 May event, and is also hosting an online multi-faith service to support the event at 10am that day.
The Revd Jude Benton, priest-in-charge of the Cooperating Parish of Croajingolong, was on the ground during the devastating Mallacoota and Cann River bushfires and has stayed and served the community since then. Here, she offers her advice on how clergy and congregation members can best support people during crises like bushfires, and highlights some of the common responses by well-meaning people that can actually make life harder.
Bishop John Harrower has retired again, this time as Bishop Assisting the Primate now that Adelaide's Archbishop Geoff Smith has succeeded Melbourne's Archbishop Philip Freier in the national role. Bishop Harrower, who retired as Bishop of Tasmania almost five years ago after 15 years in the Apple Isle, formally finishes his role with Dr Freier in July but has started long service leave after “hand-over” duties on primatial matters.
The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea says its Primate since 2017, Archbishop Allan Migi, "has resigned due to his prolonged health condition and slow recovery that has affected his Episcopal roles and responsibilities to the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea in the last few months". His resignation took effect on Monday (11 May).
Just as the frighteningly precarious nature of our lives has been thoroughly exposed, so too has the inequality of it all. Even in a pandemic, we aren't all suffering equally. Even in a pandemic, structures of privilege continue to operate.
The UK Government has lumped churches with pubs, cinemas and hairdressers as premises that must stay closed at least until 4 July. A document released after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's broadcast statement this week speaks of churches as part of “Step Three” in the journey back to normal life while coronavirus remains a threat. The UK's Step One begins this week, with Step Two to follow no earlier than 1 June.
Watch Archbishop Justin Welby speak on the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allies. He asks how that generation may be honoured and suggests forgiving one another, loving your enemies and holding on to hope.
For many decades, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has worked to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula. Former WCC general secretary the Revd Dr Olav Fykse Tveit last week received the Dongbaek Medal of the Order of Civil Merit, which was presented on behalf of Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, as well as Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun.
Anglican Deaconess Ministries, which has equipped women for theological training since 1891, is offering Christian women across Australia two opportunities for financial support and encouragement. The deadline for its Annual Funding Event has been extended to 21 May. A total of $60,000 will be awarded to Christian women leading ministries and gospel-shaped initiatives from across Australia. And ADM Fellowships provide financial and institutional support to complete a focused project at the ADM offices in Sydney. Applications for the 2021 year will soon be open.
Read from the archives of Church Times how the end of World War II in Europe 75 years ago on 8 May was commemorated in the Church of England.