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Prince Philip remembered as a man of questioning faith, minorities should have say on CoE Bishop elections, Fred Nile moves on, 2021 Lambeth Awards announced, and the Episcopal priest moonlighting as a Mars mission scientist
April 14 2021
Baptised in the Orthodox branch of Christianity, Prince Philip was received into the Church of England before his 1947 marriage to the future Queen Elizabeth II. Church leaders reflect on his life and faith after his death last week, only two months before his 100th birthday.
The death of Prince Philip has had a profound effect on the island of Tanna, in the tiny south Pacific nation of Vanuatu. They revere him as one of their own. According to local belief, he was a man who was born on Tanna, and a great spirit inhabited his body.
Stuart Piggin, author of a newly published biography of former Archbishop of Sydney Harry Goodhew, reflects on his election and that of US Presidential elections as Sydney prepares to choose a new leader next month to succeed Dr Glenn Davies.
All future Church of England bishops should be approved by a representative from black or minority groups, leaders have recommended. The reforms will give a black or ethnic minority churchgoer an effective veto over who lands the most senior posts. The move, which was influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement, follows a year of Anglican agonising over race.
Sydney-born Cardinal Edward Cassidy, who has died in NSW, helped lead to a breakthrough in relations between Protestants and Catholics with a landmark document on Justification, having served for decades as a papal diplomat and in the most senior ranks of the Vatican. It was a long way from Wagga Wagga, the diocese for which he was ordained 72 years ago, and from the spotlight that followed his fellow Australian Prince of the Church, Cardinal George Pell.
Christian Democrat Fred Nile has announced he will retire from the New South Wales Parliament this year, after nearly 40 years in politics. The 86-year-old has also chosen his replacement to be Lyle Shelton, the former managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby. Mr Shelton is from Queensland and rose to prominence as leader in the "no" campaign in the 2017 same-sex marriage vote.
Electing an archbishop to lead Sydney’s Anglicans has been an anxiety-provoking time for the faithful. But this year, not so much. Choosing a new archbishop – which will take place from May 4-7 – looks like being very different this year with general agreement that each of the four candidates could do the job.
When Episcopal News Service recently spoke to the Rev. Pamela Conrad, rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland, she was exhausted – but not only from the liturgical marathon of Holy Week or the weary slog of daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of that, Conrad is a member of the tactical operations team for NASA’s Mars rover mission, often working through the night, analyzing feedback from the Perseverance rover as it searches for signs of potential life.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced the recipients of the 2021 Lambeth Awards. The awards, which recognise outstanding contributions to the Church and wider society, have been given to more than 30 individuals. They include scientists, musicians, academics, activists, peacemakers, doctors and clergy.
There is an intimate connection between the Qur’ān and Ramadan. God says the Qur’ān is a “criterion” — something that separates wrong from right. If the Qur’ān does not transform you into a more ethical human being who is able to tell the difference between wrong and right, then it is not a criterion for you. There are Muslims who pray, fast, and read the Qur’ān, but it does not affect their conduct. Such Muslims, the Prophet says, gain nothing from their fasting but hunger and thirst.