Newsstand 11 - 17 March
Christian women join rallies to end gendered violence, unpaid ministry position raise equality question, Victoria's truth telling commission, new Dead Sea Scroll fragments found, and more
March 17 2021
Christians joined tens of thousands of campaigners taking part in 40 “Women’s March 4 Justice” events around Australia on Monday, “demanding justice for gendered violence in workplaces, including Parliament”.
The Anglican Communion delegation to the United Nations 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), which included the Diocese of Melbourne’s very own Robyn Boosey, say that churches are “important partners of governments and international organisations in reaching all sections of society, achieving gender justice, and addressing the Covid-19 pandemic”.
The disproportionately high number of female clerics in non-stipendiary (unpaid) ministry in the Church of England compared with male clerics, most of whom are in stipendiary (paid) posts, raises questions about how women priests are perceived and valued, the campaigning group Women and the Church (WATCH) has said.
The renewal of prayer and the religious life is explored in the third of three books on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ministry priorities. The series has been produced by the Theological Education in the Anglican Communion department of the Anglican Communion Office to help bishops prepare for the next Lambeth Conference in 2022.
The Victorian announcement places more pressure on the Commonwealth Government to implement the Uluru Statement. After all, the call for truth and justice is made by all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, not just those in Victoria.
Sri Lanka has announced plans to ban the wearing of burqas and said it would close more than 1,000 Islamic schools known as madrassas, citing national security. The decision is the latest move affecting the Indian Ocean island nation’s minority Muslims.
Israeli archaeologists have announced the discovery of dozens of new Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing a biblical text found in a desert cave. It is believed they were hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome nearly 1,900 years ago. The fragments of parchment bear lines of Greek text from the books of Zechariah and Nahum and have been radiocarbon dated to the 2nd century AD, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
There’s a reason that such a tiny percentage of victims report sexual assault to police, and it’s related to the fact that so few of these reports that so few of these reports result in prosecution and even fewer in a conviction, writes Dr Cristy Clark, a senior lecturer with the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra. There’s also a reason that recent ‘tough on crime’ laws have resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of women and girls being incarcerated, and it’s related to the fact that 33 per cent of them are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. These statistics are not an aberration — they are a direct result of our current system.
The evangelist rose from preaching on street corners in Argentina to ministering to millions around the world, then focused his ministry on liberal corners of the US.
Evangelicalism in America has come to be defined by its anti-intellectualism. The style of the most popular and influential pastors tend to correlate with shallowness: charisma trumps expertise; scientific authority is often viewed with suspicion. So it is of little surprise that American evangelicals have become vulnerable to demagoguery and misinformation.