Newsstand 9 - 15 July
Anglicans pitch in to help locked-down tower residents, BSL warning on youth job losses, Lambeth delayed further, the world marks 25 years since the Srebrenica massacre, Hong Kong Bishop says security law won't undermine religious freedom, and how the Buddha became a Christian saint
July 15 2020
The July edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) has been posted to parishes and subscribers, and is also available in various formats for reading online and printing. Please click here. The Prayer Diary can be found within TMA and also in a print-friendly version here.
Anglicans responded to the lockdown of public housing estates across nine sites in Flemington and North Melbourne this month with ecumenical, interfaith and community action to assist the 3000 residents as Victoria's coronavirus crisis worsened. The Brotherhood of St Laurence reported that it had more than 1000 participants and service users living in the affected towers – and several staff – while the Vicar of St Mary's North Melbourne, the Revd Canon Jan Joustra, said his parish was "basically supporting the supporters".
An Anglicare survey of 2000 clients, ahead of the introduction of the coronavirus supplement, found 58 per cent of those looking for help were out of work, with 46 per cent unable to afford basic essentials like food and medicine. A further 33 per cent needed help managing large bills on low income. Anglicare Australia executive director Kasy Chambers warned cutting the JobSeeker rate back to the pre-supplement level during the coronavirus pandemic would push more households into a crisis situation.
Brotherhood of St Laurence Executive Director Conny Lenneberg says the job market for young people hadn’t yet recovered from the global financial crisis before it was again hit hard by coronavirus.
Watch the Archbishop of Canterbury's announcement that the Lambeth Conference of the world's Anglican bishops, originally scheduled to be held this month, is to be rescheduled for 2022 - having already been deferred to 2021 earlier in the pandemic.
Bosnia has marked the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, the only declared genocide in Europe since the second world war, with a small number of survivors in attendance, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The execution in July 1995 of more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys is the only episode of Bosnia’s 1992-95 war to be defined as genocide. Newly identified victims are buried each year on 11 July, the anniversary of the day the killing began in 1995.
The World Council of Churches has called on Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reverse his decision to turn the celebrated Hagia Sophia museum back into a mosque. In a letter to Mr Erdogan, the Council, which counts 350 churches as members, said the move would sow division.
Just as coronavirus has stripped back common life, so it has “purged” the Church by forcing it to consider what really matters, the newly confirmed Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, has said in his first presidential address via Zoom to an informal meeting of the Church of England General Synod, livestreamed last weekend. The full meeting, originally scheduled for 10-14 July at the University of York, was postponed owing to the pandemic.
The head of the Anglican Church in Hong Kong has expressed his support for the new national security law, and said the legislation would not undermine any freedom or religious organisations in the city. In a 900-word letter sent to British Christian newspaper Church Times, Archbishop Paul Kwong also criticised foreign governments for sanctioning Hong Kong, or offering passports to those fearing persecution if they remained.
From the 11th century onwards, the Legend of Barlaam and Josaphat enjoyed a popularity in the medieval West attained perhaps by no other legend. It was available in over 60 versions in the main languages of Europe, the Christian East and Africa. Little did European readers know that the story they loved of the life of Saint Josaphat was in fact that of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
Millions of pixels have been used to debate which particular movements for social justice Christians can support. Here are some that we can all get behind and provide practical help, compiled from interviews and features in Eternity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and allies. These Indigenous spokespeople are passionate about on-the-ground projects and making connections with the wider church – the church which they serve.