22 June - 28 June
New attempt to dump Lord's Prayer from Parliament; Duterte lashes out at God; two takes on GAFCON's Jerusalem conference.
June 28 2018
Some religious leaders endorse NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon’s attempt to replace the Lord’s Prayer with a statement that includes religious and non-religious beliefs.
Listen to Religion reporter with news website The Rappler, Paterno Esmaquel, talk to Andrew West on ABC Radio National’s Religion and Ethics Report about the Philippines President’s latest diatribe – against God.
The Anglican Communion News Service, which says its request for media accreditation to cover the Global Anglican Future Conference gathering in Jerusalem was declined, reports that a significant number of GAFCON bishops plan to attend the 2020 Lambeth Conference, official gathering of the world’s Anglican bishops.
Russell Powell, Media Adviser to the Archbishop of Sydney, says GAFCON’s third international conference was the largest Anglican gathering for 50 years and included a stunning tribute to his former boss, Archbishop Peter Jensen, the founding GAFCON Secretary who has retired.
Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury farewells the young Christians from 11 countries, including Australia, and five denominations who have made up one of two residential communities at his official London residence, Lambeth Palace, after their “year in God's time”.
King Abdullah II becomes the second Muslim to win the Templeton Prize, having “led a reclamation of Islam’s moderate theological narrative from the distortions of radicalism” by promoting dialogue and cooperation between Muslims of differing traditions. Jordan’s leader since 1999 joins previous laureates including Mother Teresa, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Billy Graham, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
Olivia Rudgard, of Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, reports on a prayer service that incorporates songs such as Pack up Your Troubles and Jerusalem and encourages worshippers to experience reconciliation with enemies and “commit ourselves afresh to working together for peace” to mark the centenary of the WWI Armistice this November.
The Episcopal Church hosts a vigil in a Methodist chapel in Washington DC as the separation of migrant children from their parents in the US sparks a record volume of calls to Congressional offices and a rare rethink by the Trump Administration.
“Prayer is the oxygen of ecumenism,” Pope Francis tells a prayer service in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva during his visit last week to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. He said he wanted to take part in the celebrations “not least to reaffirm the commitment of the Catholic Church to the cause of ecumenism and to encourage cooperation with the member churches and with our ecumenical partners”.
The Revd Dr Gordon Preece, a Melbourne Anglican vicar and Director of the Centre for Research in Religion & Social Policy at the University of Divinity, reviews a booklet written to support Barnabas Fund’s petition for new safeguards for freedom of religion in Australia. The Ruddock expert panel on the issue has delivered its report to the Federal Government but it is yet to be released to the public.