Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 30 August 2020-No 79
COVID 19 UPDATES
- Our Church stays alive through the contact of its people with one another. Let’s please keep in touch with each other through our groups and regularly uphold each other in prayer. We have Zoom groups for prayer, morning tea and book group. The details are all under ‘Parish News’.
- Our buddy system is so important in ensuring we are taking care of each other during these Covid times. We would like to make sure all our parishioners are getting a call from their buddies. So to this end, can we please ask each of you to let Vicar Roberta know (via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0478 404 179) who you are in contact with. Thanks so much to those who have already responded. It’s so heartening to see all the connections you have been maintaining during difficult times. Thank you. ❤️
- If you are struggling with anything, please reach out to someone in the St Dunstan’s community or alternatively the following link also offers some support services https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/servicesandsupport/counselling-online-and-phone-support-for-mental-illness. It’s good to talk to someone who cares for you. ❤️
- Don’t forget our prayer wall in the church porch. You can use it to post prayer requests or pray for those already on there. It’s a great way to be connected to each other while we are physically apart. Please feel free to add to these heartfelt prayers next time you walk or drive past our church:
- If you would like to join in Morning Prayer via Zoom each Tuesday and Thursday with a small group, please contact Trevor at email@example.com. All are welcome!
- Zoom morning tea is on every week. Please join us for a cuppa and a chat every Sunday at 10.45am after online service.
- There are many people in need and groceries are still being dropped off to Camcare. The next time you are at the supermarket, why not pick up a few extra cans of soup or some such like for those who need it. Please drop off your donations in the donation basket in the church porch. Alternatively, you can make a monetary donation if you wish. Please visit https://camcare.org.au. Thank you to Peter Wright for his help with transporting donations.
- The Brotherhood of St Laurence https://www.bsl.org.au are also seeking donations. Many people are facing hardship, especially during this pandemic time and your donations would be appreciated and valued. You may also wish to donate to Anglicare who are also gratefully accepting donations.
- A massive thanks to Charles Povey who has been working with the Bendigo Bank to secure 3 iPads for our parish! Thank you Charles! These iPads will enable parishioners who have been unable to connect to our services or morning tea to be able to now do so. Wonderful!
- September is the season of Creation so the next few weeks will have a Creation focus. We are blessed that we have the gift of time, especially now, to enjoy creation through our walks.
- Congratulations to our Vicar Roberta who celebrated her 10 year anniversary of priesthood! 💐
- Please continue to pray for each other from our updated Parish Prayer List:
- As part of our child safety priorities, we are required to make available the Kooyoora Mission Statement in our newsletter.
Kooyoora Ltd is an independent not for profit company that provides professional standards and other services to charities, including charities that are Anglican dioceses, entities, colleges and schools, to enable them more effectively to fulfil their charitable objectives. Their Vision is as follows:
“Our Vision is to enable and manage–
a fair and independent process for complaint handling and screening for par ticipating organisations tailored to their circumstances that –
respects both complainants and respondents
upholds the standards and integrity of the organization, and
promotes the safety of children and adults with whom the organization en gages.
schemes for participating institutions to provide redress through an
independent survivor focused, trauma informed, pastoral and therapeutic process.”
For more information, please visit https://www.kooyoora.org.au/
- Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page St Dunstans Anglican Church Group .https://www.facebook.com/groups/482613181793174/and bookmark our websitewww.stdunstans.org.au. We will be live streaming Sunday services at 9.30am on Facebook and soon after, the Vicar’s message will also be uploaded onto our website.
ANGLICAN COMMUNITY NEWS
ON A MISSIONe-news August 2020
2020 MARTYRS APPEAL
ABM’s 2020 New Guinea Martyrs Appeal brings you stories from young Papua New Guineans who have benefitted from the legacy of the Martyrs, and who are set to carry on their tradition.
These are young people who have graduated from Newton Theological College or the Anglicare PNG Adult Literacy program – the two ABM projects highlighted by the Martyrs Appeal this year.
To learn more or to donate, go to: abmission.org/martyrs2020
CLIMATE FOR CHANGE – OUT NOW!
ABM is proud to bring you a new group study resource – on Climate Change. These studies are available for download now to assist parishes and individuals to gain a better understanding of the Climate Crisis, and what we can all do to avert disaster and create a future full of hope. The five studies, written by Russell Rollason, an Anglican with a long and distinguished record in international development, contain Franciscan reflections to help you link the facts with your faith.
Climate for Change helps us realise not only that we can act, but that we must act. And that our children and grandchildren will inherit the fruit of decisions we make today.
Go to this link to find out more or to download the studies:
ABM CONGRATULATES REV’D JOHN DEANE ON PHD
ABM is delighted to announce that its Executive Director, the Rev’d John Deane, has successfully completed his PhD titled ‘The New Song, the New Creation and the New City – the Missional Perspective of the Book of Revelation’. The work was undertaken through the Trinity College Theological School and the University of Divinity, both in Melbourne.
PROJECT UPDATES FROM THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
ABM has received three very encouraging reports from the Diocese of the Northern Territory on projects which have been able to go ahead, in spite of setbacks caused by COVID-19. Veronica, one of the local church leaders at Milyakburra (Bickerton Island) was assisted by a support worker from Angurugu on neighbouring Groote Eylandt to provide a foundational bible study in how to become part of God’s family – part of the “Church Strengthening Support” project. The studies attracted both men and women, encompassed three languages, and often saw three generations of community members present.
Another project (pictured) saw men and boys engaged in further developing their “Men’s Music Initiative” using new instruments provided through donations from ABM’s supporters. Community members say how wonderful it is to see the young men so willing to learn the Christian songs of the older people, and be able to use music to encourage people in their faith.
And a third project has been providing children with a nutritious breakfast when they come with their parents or grandparents to church on Sundays.
To read more, go to abmission.org/project-update-diocese-of-the-northern-territory
SMALL GROUP IN KENYA ACHIEVES BIG THINGS
Mwikali Mutua is a farmer, mother and grandmother who has achieved big things in her village, most recently with the help of ABM’s supporters. This visionary farmer started a self-help group for herself and other women in Kyua in Kenya’s Eastern Province. Today her actions – and your generous support – have resulted in each woman having a thriving kitchen garden, meaning that family income set aside for vegetables can be used for other family needs such as schooling and improved housing, and for re-investing in the family farm. Click here to read more of Mwikali’s inspirational story:abmission.org/project-update-light-for-the-women-of-kyua
APPEAL FOR VICTIMS OF BEIRUT EXPLOSIONS
The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which has a presence in Beirut, has requested funds both to provide immediate relief to those victims of the 4 August Beirut explosions who are in most need of support, and to assist with repairing damaged church buildings.
Look with compassion, O God,
on the people of Lebanon,
and move our hearts
so we may stand in solidarity with them…
To learn more, share in praying for the victims, or donate to either of these appeals, please go to abmission.org/beirut-emergency-appeal
To read Bishop Cam Venables’ open letter to the Archbishop of Jerusalem following the tragedy, go to https://anglicanfocus.org.au/2020/08/10/beirut-explosion-letter-to-the-anglican-archbishop-in-jerusalem/
To watch a moving short video of the tragedy made by a Dutch church organisation, Kerk in Actie, a fellow member with ABM of Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance, go to https://vimeo.com/447231804. A spokesman says, ‘the film ends with the Lebanese cedar tree, which reflects our hope in Christ.’
VALE JOHN COTTIER – A HEART FOR GOD’S MISSION
ABM was saddened to learn earlier this month of the death of the Rev’d John Cottier. John and his wife Judith served as ABM missionaries in Papua New Guinea for ten years, before moving back to Melbourne and then Perth. In addition to his priestly ministry, John was very active in supporting the work of ABM, serving on the local committee and the ABM Board. To read an obituary by ABM Perth Diocesan Committee member, the Rev’d Lionel Snell, click here: abmission.org/vale-john-cottier
PARTNERS PRAYING TOGETHER
As we contemplate this processional cross at St Athanasius’ Chapel at Newton Theological College, let us pray that we, like the Martyrs of New Guinea, may spread the love of God wherever we may go.
for seventy-eight years the Church has been encouraged
by the Martyrs of New Guinea
who followed your Son in laying down their lives for the sake of your kingdom.
Inspired by their story,
may we leave all other cares aside
to make it known that you rule with love over all the world.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and for ever.
Covid-19 Appeal, Lweru Diocese, Tanzania
Partner with us in serving the Lord’s people
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought great hardship and uncertainty to the world.
For the 65 pastors and 125 evangelists serving the rural Diocese of Lweru in Tanzania, reduced offertories mean that the church is unable to meet even the basic needs of their families.
Paul commends the Macedonian church for the richness of their generosity. Despite their poverty, they begged to share what they had with their brothers and sisters in Jerusalem (2 Cor 8:1-7).
It is in this same spirit, we ask you to ‘share in the service to the Lord’s people’. Your contribution will allow us to feed the families of these pastors and evangelists, and enable them to continue their work in the Lord.
Your donations are tax deductible.
Projects & Appeals Updates
Read other news and updates
Indonesian Covid-19 Appeal Update
We are pleased to report that our partner All Saints Jakarta continues to ensure that the benefits of your gifts are maximised. Working with the local government, they identify needs and opportunities.
Instead of one-off hand-outs, they opt for sustainable activities including re-investing into local vendors,initiating community fish and hydroponic farming, and providingmicro-loans. To help connect the church to the community, they provide free internet for school children moving to online-learning due to Covid-19.
Your ongoing support is needed. Read more here
Uganda Farming Enterprise
There was much excitement last week when a goat was presented to each of the clergy wives in the Diocese of West Ankole, Uganda, where a typical pastor earns less than $140 per month.
By providing the goats, we encourage the wives of clergy to start goat-rearing enterprises. In doing this, we are helping women to provide for their family and learn business skills, as well as resourcing the church. Goats are perfect as they provide milk and meat, fertilise the ground, and eat almost anything.
Could this be a project for your church, Sunday school, or family? Find out more here
Watch this exciting video showing goats being distributed to clergy families!
Why not give a goat for Father’s Day?
The NewsStand 20-26 August
The September edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) will be posted to parishes and subscribers, and published online, early next week. You can find the latest editions of TMA here.
In this week’s TMA Newsstand:
• Ken Spackman to resign as CEO of Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation
• Why religious leaders are threatening to boycott the Oxford coronavirus vaccine
• The meaning of life: Australians praying more during COVID-19
• NCCA call for further prayer and fasting in time of pandemic
• Embracing the local in a post-COVID world
• and more…
The Sixth Day of Creation: this week’s message from Archbishop Philip Freier
See what news, features, viewpoints, reviews and other articles of interest are in this month’s edition.
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More Than God-Talk
A Field Guide to Religion and Politics
Aug 24 2020
We’re midway through back-to-back political conventions – and faith and politics has emerged as a hot topic for both Democrats and Republicans. Some observers were surprised at how much emphasis the Democrats put on religion last week; no one will be surprised when the GOP does the same – or more – in upcoming days.
There are two primary forms of analysis regarding religion and politics: first, conceptualizing religion as God-talk (prayers, scripture quotes, testimonies); and second, seeing religion as a form of identity (sociological labels like “white evangelical,” “Hispanic Catholic,” or “black Protestant”). Democrats have often avoided God-talk but have built religious coalitions across racial and theological lines; Republicans love God-talk but have increasingly limited their religious constituency by race to white evangelicals and Catholics.
However, it isn’t particularly helpful to say, “There was a lot of religion at the DNC” or “Republicans speak to their white evangelical base.” What does that really tell us about what people believe and how they act? Not much. The categories we have are mostly about messaging and targeting, not about the interplay of faith and politics.
The questions should not be: Was there religion at the political convention? Which groups will vote for which party? Rather, the questions should be: What kind of religion was at this convention? How does that influence America’s political vision?
To help with these questions, I’ve developed a religion and politics field guide. It is framed around five poles of religion: community, faith, ethics, orientation, and voice.
RELIGION AND POLITICS: A FIELD GUIDE
Community: Includes – Excludes
The question of community is: Who counts? Who counts as fully human? Who counts as a citizen? Religious groups veer toward different poles – ones with low boundaries for entrance and easy participation, and ones with strong borders and strict commitments. “We” communities or “us versus them” communities. Is the vision of community an open table or a club for members? The former tends to unify and welcome; the latter divides and delineates.
Faith: Humility – Certainty
Faith is central to religious traditions, but not all religious people understand faith in the same way. Some insist that faith includes room for doubt and unanswered questions, while others define faith as right belief and certain truth. Is faith seen as a process or journey toward that which is mysterious and unknown, or is it understood to be assent to specific doctrine or dogma with a sure conclusion?
Ethics: Mercy – Judgment
When it comes to ethics, there is often a tension between mercy and judgment. While most religious traditions insist that compassion and justice are interrelated, most Americans define mercy in terms of leniency and judgment as punishment. Which, then, is privileged: Compassion and empathy or law and order? “There but for the grace of God, go I” or “People get what they deserve”?
Orientation: Future – Past
Religion speaks to time – past, present, and future. But it often prioritizes past and future. Some emphasize the coming kingdom of God, enlightenment, shalom, or a just society; and others see religion as the “faith of our fathers,” or as a lost age of innocence or glory. Those who emphasize the future see the present as an opportunity to correct past mistakes to move ahead; those who emphasize the past often see the present as a threat to fidelity and a time to ward off or prepare for a pending apocalypse.
Voice: Prophetic – Priestly
This is a classic pole in analyzing religion and politics – prophets challenge and priests comfort. The prophetic voice takes on unjust systems, structures, and powers. The priestly voice affirms the goodness of the nation and its essential mission, offering assurance in times of trouble. Prophets call down fire; priests bless.
I know: these are binary poles with many both/ands. Yet, each pair invites us to consider where we – or those with whom we differ – fall on a spectrum. It serves as a device, an “explainer,” intended to clarify issues and then raise better, more nuanced questions. This categorization quickly identifies a surprising role-reversal playing out in this year’s election. In one category – and only one – Democrats are acting like Republicans and Republicans like Democrats.
Last week, the Democrats modeled inclusive community, the journey of faith, compassionate ethics, and a more just future – exactly as one would expect. Interestingly – and this is what confused viewers – it was not primarily prophetic (as Democratic conventions typically are). It was priestly. There were prophetic moments around issues (mostly race and voting rights) and, especially, in the speeches by Michelle and Barack Obama. But Joe Biden’s campaign is that unity-in-diversity, humility, compassion, and a more just and equal nation is not a challenge but a comfort – an affirmation and blessing of what America can be.
This week, the Republicans will offer the opposite – a secure community, certainty, law and order, and nostalgia – that is the religious vision of the GOP, a picture of a safe, family-oriented nation. The twist is that this year it will be prophetic. Trump will be calling down fire. America is threatened by unhinged and evil powers, aided by an corrupt system (the “deep state”) and unjust structure (“globalism”), and its existence hangs in the balance. Trump is running as an incumbent Howard Beale, the mad prophet of the White House – warning of an impending socialist apocalypse. Trump challenges the faithful to rise up, defeat the enemy, and restore an American Golden Age.
Keep these categories in mind in the upcoming weeks. Community, faith, ethics, orientation, and voice. Perhaps the most important is the last: Democrats seem to believe that a comforting faith of understated decency appeals to weary voters during a pandemic and economic crisis; Republicans think suburban housewives will be swayed by a Bible-waving, fence-building prophet.
You’ll see these themes in the conventions and campaigns, but more importantly, these poles shape our larger vision of who counts, how we keep faith, what is good and just, where hope lies, and how we tell America’s story. Religion and politics isn’t just for election years, it is always with us.