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Newsstand 8 - 14 October

Anglican agencies give mixed reviews on Federal Budget; SA priest accuses church of discrimination; cancer diagnosis for African Anglican leader; NZ film offers a unique way for churches and communities to respond to mental health; and much more ...

October 14 2020


The October edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) has been posted to parishes and subscribers, and is also available online. Please click here. 

The November and December issues of TMA will be available by the second Sunday of each month, as is customary for what are usually our Synod and Christmas editions respectively. 


Poor left behind by Budget but COVID support for region welcomed 
Two leading Anglican welfare agencies have criticised this year's Federal Budget for leaving behind Australians worst hit by the economic effects of coronavirus and those on the lowest incomes. But a Melbourne-based Anglican relief and development agency and a coalition of Christians advocating for the world’s poor have welcomed more than $300 million in one-off pandemic support to Pacific nations and Timor-Leste. 


Adelaide female Anglican priest barred from practising because of marriage to woman 
An Adelaide-based Anglican priest has accused the church of discrimination after she was refused permission to say Mass and celebrate sacraments because of her marriage to another woman. Sorel Coward, who has been an ordained minister for 25 years and transitioned from male to female in 2014, sought approval from Archbishop of Adelaide Geoffrey Smith last year, but she said he had since denied her permission to officiate. 


Faith leaders back Biden in sign that evangelical support for Trump is waning 
More than 1600 faith leaders in the US have publicly backed Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate in next month’s presidential election, amid signs that some evangelical voters are turning away from Donald Trump. 


Church was ‘a hiding place for abusers’, UK report finds
For decades, the Church of England has contradicted its “moral purpose” by failing to protect children and young people from the hundreds of sexual predators within its ranks, the UK's national child abuse inquiry has concluded. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse investigation report identified 390 convicted offenders associated with the C of E from the 1940s until 2018, but warned it was not possible to identify accurately the true scale of sexual offending. During this time, the Church paid “excessive attention” to the alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse in contrast to that given to the victims, it said. 


Frontline church leader battles cancer 
Archbishop Ben Kwashi, the General Secretary of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) and Archbishop of Jos in Nigeria, has begun treatment after being diagnosed with colon cancer last month.  


Indigenous Peoples Day comes amid a reckoning over colonialism and calls for return of Native land
In many parts of what is now the United States, communities have in recent years replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Celebrating Indigenous cultures every 12 October is important. But in this moment when the US is reckoning with legacies of racism and colonialism, many Indigenous nations call for something more – the return of ancestral lands. 


Anglican Communion’s mission director steps down for return to parish ministry
The Director for Mission for the Anglican Consultative Council, the Revd John Kafwanka, is to step down from the role he has held for more than a decade in order to return to parish ministry. He will step down in December to become vicar of Saint Augustine of Canterbury Church, Whitton, in the Diocese of London. 


Film release for Mental Health Week 
The Girl on the Bridge, an award-winning New Zealand documentary, will be available online from 10 October to coincide with Mental Health Week (10-17 October). This film offers a unique way in for churches and communities who want to have a sensitive discussion about mental health but are unsure how to.  


The parable of the shepherd offers hope in dark times 
One of the most beautiful images of God's love for us is the shepherd, a motif that runs through the Old and New Testaments, writes Barney Zwartz, Media Adviser to Archbishop Philip Freier and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Public Christianity. At a time when ever more of us are stressed and worried, awaiting our emergence from lockdown but anxious about what the future holds, the idea of God's nurture is both comforting and helps offer a larger perspective. 


New book links the decline of religious authority to the end of empathy
In his new book, The End of Empathy: Why White Protestants Stopped Loving Their Neighbors, John Compton, a political science professor at Chapman University in California, tries to explain how American Protestants moved from championing social reform to stubbornly resisting it. His answer points to the decline of religious authority and the rise of individual religious believers, who, given the choice, prefer not to trouble the tranquillity of their middle-class suburban lives.