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Tributes flow for Bishop James Grant; ABC Gippsland reports on multi-tasking ministers of religion working hard to keep their small congregations alive; and Canada's Anglicans elect their first female Primate.

July 17 2019


Bishop James Grant dies after 60 years of service to the Church in Melbourne

Bishop James Grant – a former assistant Bishop of Melbourne and Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral from 1985-99 – has died after 60 years in ordained ministry and almost half a century as a bishop. He was 87. His funeral is to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 19 July at 11am.


The jubilee of the moon landing is a chance to assess technology’s promise

The 50th anniversary of humankind’s first steps on the Moon is a reminder both of the biblical idea of jubilee and that technology is an audacious expression of human hope and striving to attain the fullest yield of human creativity, according to Julie Schonfeld, a rabbi and CEO of US-based organisation Leading Ethics.


Mobile church ministers keep country town congregations coming back

Going to church was once a fixture of community life in Australia — the local church was the lifeblood of a small town and the destination of much-anticipated weekly catch-ups with your neighbours, relatives and friends. But as church attendance has declined sharply, dedicated multi-tasking ministers of religion are working hard to keep their small congregations alive, Rachael Lucas from ABC Gippsland reports.


Research study shows Education First Youth Foyers approach to tackling youth homelessness brings sustainable benefits for young people

The results of a research evaluation of Education First Youth Foyers – a collaboration between the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Launch Housing – have shown that the program is achieving sustainable positive outcomes for young people. The research showed that a year after exiting the program, 85 per cent of young people were engaged in work or education and three-quarters had completed year 12 or a certificate 3 or higher.


Setting straight critics of a Voice to Parliament

Kate Galloway sifts through the responses to Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt’s speech last week supporting a process to co-design a Voice — or Voices — to Parliament. Recognising the place of Indigenous Australians within the Australian polity is not divisive, she writes, but inclusive.


Anglican Church of Canada elects its first female Primate – Huron’s Bishop Linda Nicholls

The Anglican Church of Canada has elected Bishop Linda Nicholls of Huron as its next Primate. She will become the first woman to hold this position in Canada and only the second female Primate in the Anglican Communion. As Primate, she will have to steer the Church forward following repercussions over the divisive vote to allow same-sex marriages, which failed to get its required two-thirds majority in all three houses at the General Synod this month. 


Covenant for ‘historical cousins’ – the Methodist Church and the Church of England – moves forward

Despite an amendment to slow down the process, the Church of England’s General Synod has agreed a series of motions to take forward its Covenant with the Methodist Church in Britain to allow interchangeability of ministries and intercommunion between the two Churches.


Spiritual disciplines and working

Our work matters to God and has intrinsic value. There is no sacred-spiritual divide - our work is an expression of our worship of God. What spiritual disciplines can we develop to be spiritually formed for work?


WCC helps local French community say ‘no’ to bottled water

Residents of Divonne in France approached the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network to help them stop a proposed plant for bottled water in Divonne, which is situated on the border with French-speaking Switzerland, between the foot of the Jura mountains and Lake Geneva.


Incited by charismatic monks, Buddhist militant aggression on the rise

In Sri Lanka and Myanmar, two countries at the forefront of a radical religious-nationalist movement, Buddhists constitute overwhelming majorities of the population. Yet some Buddhists, especially those who subscribe to the purist Theravada strain of the faith, are increasingly convinced that they are under existential threat, particularly from an Islam struggling with its own violent fringe. As the tectonic plates of Buddhism and Islam collide, a portion of Buddhists are abandoning the peaceful tenets of their religion.