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NewsStand 10 to 16 September

Archbishop Philip Freier and the Brotherhood of St Laurence make plea on JobSeeker; singing the Lord's song in an online land; former national Anglican leader takes issue with archbishops' concerns about ethics of potential COVID-19 vaccine; reflections on a Melbourne Indigenous vicar's book; and much more ...

September 16 2020


The September 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.


Archbishop Freier urges Government to keep JobSeeker at current rate

Archbishop Philip Freier, Chair of Anglican welfare agency the Brotherhood of St Laurence, has urged the Federal Government to keep JobSeeker payments at their current level. Dr Freier commended the Government's response to the coronavirus pandemic but is concerned that when it cuts its vital JobSeeker program by $300 a fortnight from 25 September, this will create considerable hardship and plunge people into poverty, including more than one million children.


How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange (online) land?

There is much that we are missing about gathering, in person, as the people of God – including congregational singing. Parishioner Ellaine Downie spoke to two worship leaders in Melbourne parishes about how they are responding to the challenge.


What was achieved by the three archbishops’ 'ethically tainted' vaccine letter?

A former General Secretary of Australia's Anglican General Synod, the Revd Dr Bruce Kaye, examines a recent letter signed by three Sydney-based Anglican, Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox archbishops declaring that a potential vaccine for COVID-19 being developed in Oxford is ethically tainted. Dr Kaye concludes: "It is my hope that this letter, with its highly dubious arguments, will not complicate or impede the efforts of the federal government in achieving the earliest available and most effective vaccination for Australia." 


Reflections on On Being Blackfella’s Young Fella: Is Being Aboriginal Enough?

In this feature from the Diocese of Southern Queensland’s Anglican Focus, clergy and lay people reflect upon a chapter of Wiradjuri man and Melbourne Anglican priest the Revd Glenn Loughrey’s recently published book On Being Blackfella’s Young Fella: Is Being Aboriginal Enough? In doing so, they consider how the book’s insights will shape their approaches to reconciliation.


National Solemn Assembly 2020

Watch Indigenous and non-Indigenous Christian leaders -- including former Melbourne assistant Bishop Philip Huggins, the President of the National Council of Churches in Australia -- invite Australians to join in prayer “for the healing of the land” at a National Solemn Assembly on the 26-27 September 2020.


A class action on climate

How the Federal Government responds to a class action being brought by a group of teenagers concerned about climate change will be far more than symbolic, writes Bishop George Browning, retired Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, in this open letter to Environment Minister Sussan Ley.


Something new waits to be born

This is a time when the description of our calling as the body of Christ is more critical than ever. We are not going back. We are moving forward in a pilgrimage. We are on this pilgrimage together, and it will take extra efforts for us to see and hear the different perspectives around us. Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, reflects.


International Day of Peace 2020: Shaping Peace Together

The International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. Read about some of the ecumenical and interfaith events you can participate in online.


Adelaide's Bishop’s Court snapped up by local businesswoman

South Australia looks to have clinched a new property price record with the sale of a grand 164-year-old Victorian mansion that’s been home to the past 10 bishops of the state’s Anglican diocese. The heritage-listed Bishop’s Court estate in North Adelaide has been bought for what’s believed to be more than $7 million by a local Adelaide businesswoman. Archbishop Geoff Smith, who has lived there for the past three years with his wife Lynn, said: “It was certainly not a decision taken without some sadness.”


What it means for Christians to be prevented from gathering

COVID-19 has been tough on churches. The original Greek word for church is ekklesia, which means “assembly” or “gathering” — and that is precisely what we cannot do these days. Furthermore, certain activities, notably singing but also sharing a common cup and shaking hands to share peace, have been singled out as distinctly problematic.