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C of E joins shareholder revolt in Australia; royal commission echoes; and Christian hopes for new era in Korea.
May 2 2018
The Church of England joins a shareholder revolt in Melbourne over Rio Tinto’s “negative lobbying to prevent action to address climate change” in what is described as the biggest pushback against management on the issue in Australian corporate history.
Jesuit priest Andrew Hamilton sees a resemblance in what is emerging from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry with what came out in the earlier Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The historic meeting of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the demilitarised zone between their two countries last week has been welcomed by Christian groups on the Korean peninsula and abroad, though with caution by some.
David Goodhew surveys Asian Anglicanism in this article for US online publication Covenant and discovers vibrant new centres and robust church life alongside theological conservatism and a quiet mode of engagement.
The ABC’s Laura Beavis reports that the Tasmanian Heritage Council and the real estate industry have sought to allay fears about the future of the state’s historic Anglican churches after Bishop Richard Condie’s announcement last month that many would be sold, in part to pay for redress for survivors of child sexual abuse.
See the lively images and read about the installation of the new leader for Maori Anglicans, 45-year-old Archbishop Don Tamihere, in this piece from New Zealand’s Anglican Taonga.
Read Jacqueline Maley’s report in The Sydney Morning Herald on a disturbing response to the latest controversial message – this time on Anzac Day – outside Gosford Anglican church on the NSW Central Coast.
Plans by the US Episcopal Church to remove the words “the union of husband and wife” from its marriage rite and replace them “the union of two people” have prompted disunity in its sister church in England, as Olivia Rudgard reports in The Telegraph.
Britain’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse publishes its interim report and, like its earlier Australian counterpart, allows survivors to offer their reflections in their own words. Tim Wyatt reports for Church Times.
Hong Kong-based Anglican Alice Wu admits she’s hooked on communications technology and – in the midst of bad publicity for Mark Zuckerberg and co – promotes its virtues in this op-ed for the Anglican Communion News Service.