News Stand

NewsStand 15 - 21 October

West Gate tragedy remembered; Hong Kong gets a new Anglican bishop; London's floating church; Episcopal Church faces dire future; and more

October 21 2020


The October edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) has been posted to parishes and subscribers, and is also available online. Please click here.

The November and December issues of TMA will be available by the second Sunday of each month, as is customary for what are usually our Synod and Christmas editions respectively. 


West Gate Bridge disaster still haunts the men who were there, 50 years on  

Plans for a memorial service on 15 October to mark the 50th anniversary of the collapse of the West Gate Bridge during construction, which killed 35 people and injured 18 others, had to be deferred due to coronavirus restrictions. Watch archival footage of the event, read the accounts of relatives of those who died and of workers who survived, and access the full report of the Royal Commission into the disaster, which said the events leading up to the collapse "moved with the inevitability of a Greek tragedy".  


Obeying government and obeying God

Sydney's Archbishop Glenn Davies considers what the Bible says about resisting curtailments to freedom because of COVID-19. "The Bible does not differentiate between good rulers and bad rulers, as if our level of obedience can increase or diminish depending upon our evaluation of the moral worth of the person over us," he writes.  


Bishop who spoke out on Hong Kong protests elected as city’s next leader of the Anglican Church 

A Hong Kong bishop who challenged the conduct of both officials and protesters during last year’s social unrest has been elected as the next leader of the city's 30,000-strong Anglican congregation, the South China Morning Post reports. Bishop Andrew Chan Au-ming, 58, will succeed retiring Archbishop Paul Kwong early next year. 


A new church grounded in meditation and committed to radical transformation

Anglican priest, theologian and author Dr Sarah Bachelard leads a new ecumenical church community, Benedictus Contemplative Church, which seeks to be a blessing to the world around it. A leading member of the World Community for Christian Meditation and keynote speaker at the WCCM’s annual John Main Seminar in Vancouver in August 2019, she reflects on what it means to be a church committed to transformation through the practice of silent meditation.


The floating church: inside the holy vessel bringing salvation to Hackney hipsters

The area around London’s Olympic Park is a regeneration hothouse with micro-breweries, tech startups, speakeasys and spas. Now their spiritual needs are being met – with a beautiful chapel on a barge


2019 parochial reports show continued decline and a ‘dire’ future for The US Episcopal Church

With every release of parochial report data – the statistics on attendance, membership and finances that every parish in The Episcopal Church must submit yearly – a picture of the denomination’s future comes gradually into focus. It’s not a holistic depiction of the church’s health or success, and it comes with many caveats — it’s difficult to infer much from one set of data, and some statistics conflict with each other. But the release of the 2019 data makes the picture clearer than ever: Even before COVID-19, The Episcopal Church’s days were numbered.


COVID hits North Korean refugees, labour camps

Although North Korea has reported zero COVID-19 cases, it is rife throughout the country and especially in the labour camps for prisoners, according to the mission for persecuted Christians, Open Doors. The resulting COVID-19 security crackdown has meant Christians and others suffering political persecution have been unable to flee the country.


Millions at risk of famine, says World Vision, urging greater response from nations like Australia

The Christian aid and development organisation said a "deadly mix" of the coronavirus pandemic, ongoing conflicts and natural disasters had combined to put millions at risk in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Honduras, Haiti, the Central African Republic and Ethiopia.


The Living Word: Preaching resources for liturgical Christians

The Living Word is a new email newsletter from the editors of the Living Church, a US-based church magazine. It is designed for preachers, teachers, and anyone seeking to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the Sunday lectionary readings. Published on Mondays, every issue of The Living Word includes a long-form reflection on the week’s readings, excerpts from classic texts, a relevant sermon, and helpful articles from the archives of the Living Church. 


One-off funding not enough for the aid budget

Working in aid and development for over 20 years, you wait with bated breath for what each federal budget will bring. The past four years have seen a series of cuts. This year seems like a good news story, with a much-needed one-off increase of $304.7 million to Timor-Leste and the Pacific for COVID-19 response and recovery.