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Prayers for India, the need for religious pollies, down to two in Sydney Archbishop race, Israeli festival ends in tragedy, Biden lifts refugee intake, and more...
May 5 2021
Glen Waverley Anglican Church will host a prayer vigil for India this Saturday 8 May from 2pm to 3.30pm. India is currently in the grips of catastrophic increase of COVID-19 cases, with hundreds of thousands of new cases detected every day. On 29 April Sydneysiders gathered at St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Parramatta as an expression of solidarity and care for India and the current COVID-19 crisis the country is experiencing.
From a purely political point of view, there is no political gain from mocking Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s faith, says Annika Smethurst, state political reporter for The Age. More importantly, indulging in such religious bigotry simply creates more room for bigotry and intolerance to thrive.
Without political leaders who nurture a deep inner life focused on truth and goodness, compassion and justice, the common good will wither and die, and with it civilisation, writes Roland Ashby in The Sunday Age.
As of Wednesday midday, Sydney’s Diocesan Secretary announced that the select list for the next Archbishop of Sydney, the subject of a vote on Tuesday night, is down to two nominees – Dean Kanishka Raffel and Bishop Michael Stead.
As a COVID-shortened Synod opened in Sydney and the delegates prepare to elect a new Archbishop, the Administrator, Bishop Peter Hayward, said face-to-face engagement with one another is still the priority for God's people after COVID.
At least 10 children and teenagers were among 45 ultra-Orthodox Jews killed in a crush at a religious festival in northern Israel, according to a partial list of names published on Saturday as the identification of victims in Israel’s deadliest civilian disaster continued.
Marriage registers, a legal requirement for churches in England since 1837, closed for ever on Tuesday, as new regulations come into force, replacing them with a single electronic register. Clergy will no longer have responsibility for registering marriages in church, but will be required to complete a marriage document and return it to the registrar, who will enter it on a digital database. Canon law dictates, however, that clergy must also continue to keep a physical register of marriages.
Faith-based refugee resettlement groups are celebrating President Joe Biden’s decision to raise the number of refugees allowed into the US for the remainder of the federal fiscal year to 62,500, even as they acknowledge that they need to rebuild their capacity after years of cuts under the previous administration.
The Anglican Communion has responded to Sunday night’s attack at the Catholic diocesan offices in Rumbek, in which the Catholic Bishop-Elect of Rumbek, Christian Carlassare, was shot. The Primate of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, Archbishop Justin Badi Arama, said that the Anglican Church in the country was saddened to learn of the shooting.
These are fractious times, in which many are hypervigilant in their determination to seek out, identify, expose, and punish ever new social and moral “wrongs”. But legitimate feelings of injustice — and the anger and resentment to which they give rise — can easily morph into the kind of polarisation that results from a self-righteous sense that we (those on “the right side of history”) must triumph over them (those who are not). What room is there, in a time like ours, for forgiveness?