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Melbourne girls school brings spark to bishop's Easter message; Anglican diversity on display in ABC Easter special; Easter renewal and ANZAC sacrifice; Church treasures sent to the Tower; and more...

April 15 2020

 

The April 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.

 

What The World Needs Now: An Easter Message

Bishop Philip Huggins, President of the National Council of Churches in Australia, delivers a musical Easter message for a world responding to COVID-19 -- displaying the talents of the students and staff of Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon and film-maker Richard Keddie.

 

Easter in Australia

ABC newsreader Jeremy Fernandez explores the most significant event on the Christian calendar and investigates the mystery of transformation and renewal at the heart of the Easter story. The program features very different Anglican celebrations of Easter at the historic Christ Church St Laurence in central Sydney and Marrickville Road Church.

 

Stories of Sacrifice

Dr Meredith Lake, award-winning author of The Bible in Australia, links the Easter story of renewal and the ANZAC story of sacrifice from a uniquely Australian perspective in this episode of ABC-TV's Compass program.

  

Church valuables moved to Tower of London amid looting fears

The Church of England has moved valuables worth millions of pounds to the Tower of London amid fears of looting during the coronavirus lockdown. With all places of worship closed in a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic, the items were gathered and transported securely to the Tower of London over the past few weeks, according to London's Telegraph newspaper. They included "rare and unusual" silver, paintings, art and artefacts from London's 400 churches.

 

Destitution on Australia’s hardening border with PNG – and the need for a better aid strategy

Less than four kilometres from Australia’s northernmost islands in the Torres Strait lies the South Fly District of Papua New Guinea. If you’ve ever heard anything about this borderland region, it’s likely to be about protecting Australia from disease, illegal migration, drugs and gun smuggling. But the story of the South Fly District is much more complex -- one of chronic underdevelopment and growing frustration with a border management regime that favours some PNG nationals over others and ever-tightening restrictions on trade across the Australian border.

 

'He is risen': Easter's great reversal

There are uncanny parallels between the liturgies of Holy Week and COVID-19 -- until, it seems, Christians celebrate Jesus' rising from the dead at Easter. But the Revd Dr Sarah Bachelard, founder and leader of the Benedictus Contemplative Church in Canberra, says in her Easter Day sermon that Jesus' resurrection is a fundamental realignment of the world’s possibilities. "Today we celebrate and give thanks for this great and surprising reversal. We fulfil the liturgy that sends us out renewed to play our part in realising its truth."

 

Interview with John Polkinghorne: Christ’s resurrection — and ours

The eminent physicist, now 89, talks to Church Times about life after death.

 

In these hours of isolation and grief, Easter bears a vital message

Barney Zwartz, Media Adviser to Archbishop Philip Freier and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Public Christianity, goes in search of answers to two questions: Might any benefits emerge from the tremendous dislocation caused to so many by the COVID-19 pandemic? And has Easter anything to teach us about maintaining or building community?

 

Coronavirus, Easter and the rebirth of compassion

The coronavirus pandemic has led to much suffering, hardship and anxiety, but it has also been a time of reawakening and rebirth, writes former TMA Editor Roland Ashby in this article for The Sunday Age. "This is what Easter is all about. Lent, traditionally a time of fasting which prepares Christians for the new life and joy of Easter Sunday, offers rich insights into the solitude and privations imposed on us by the virus."

 

Easter service with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby -- from his kitchen!

Watch a special service from the Archbishop of Canterbury for Easter Sunday in COVID-19 lockdown, recorded on his iPad in the kitchen of his London flat. You may also listen to the service and download copies of the Order of Service and of his Sermon.