Vigils are held in Melbourne for the victims of the terrorist attacks on Christchurch mosques; the future of The Lord's Prayer at Spring Street is referred to a parliamentary committee; and Archbishop Freier engages with issues from the challenge of China to the common good.
March 20 2019
Watch a video of the Lent message from Archbishop of Melbourne and Anglican Primate of Australia, Dr Philip Freier.
The young and the old, those wearing hijabs and jubbas, Muslims and non-Muslims, converged on the lawns of the State Library of Victoria on Monday to pay their respects to the victims of the Christchurch terror attack, Sumeyya Ilanbey of The Age reports.
If there ever was an opportune time to criminalise the incitement of hate on the basis of religion, it is in the wake of Christchurch, a Muslim lawyer from Sydney says.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has flagged opening each day's parliamentary sittings at Spring Street with a multi-faith ceremony instead of The Lord's Prayer, though he says it is important to preserve some traditions. The practice of the presiding officer of each house leading The Lord's Prayer each sitting day has been referred to Parliament’s Procedures Committee for review.
Trinity Grammar has appointed a new headmaster, signalling the end of the most tumultuous period in the school’s 115-year history.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has warned against “cultural imperialism” and called for Christians to be sensitive and seek genuine dialogue when witnessing to those of other faiths. He was delivering the annual Deo Gloria Lecture, hosted by the London School of Theology, at Lambeth Palace last week. The Archbishop warned against making evangelism a product in a marketplace or an expression of cultural superiority.
The Church of England is encouraging parishes to host “informal café-style meetings” over the weekend of 30-31 March “to bring together people of all standpoints and encourage open discussion” with Brexit due to have come into force by that time. Archbishops Justin Welby of Canterbury and John Sentamu of York have endorsed newly-commissioned resources to invite people to “get together and chat over a cup of tea and pray for our country and our future”.
The 200th anniversary of the birth of Anglican hymn writer Cecil Frances Alexander was celebrated with a themed praise evening in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on 10 March. During her lifetime, she wrote almost 400 popular hymns, including All Things Bright and Beautiful, There Is a Green Hill Far Away, Once in Royal David's City and I bind unto myself today (St Patrick’s Breastplate).
Church Times remembers an Archbishop who, aged eight, wrote to God, was an atheist as a teenager, became a Christian at university and then a Church leader with qualifications in science and philosophy as well as theology.
Listen to Archbishop Philip Freier in his first Breakfast Conversation for 2019 discuss the unprecedented changes in China under President Xi Jinping with Rowan Callick, a fellow of Griffith University’s Asia Institute and long-time China expert for The Australian newspaper, and Dr Delia Lin, senior lecturer in China Studies at Melbourne University’s Asia Centre.
What is the common good and how might we view it as Christians, as Christ’s Body here on earth? Where to now, for Australia and in particular for the Australian church? Archbishop Philip Freier, in a speech in Sydney this week, looks to a great Anglican, Brotherhood of St Laurence founder Father Gerard Tucker, for inspiration.