WORLDWIDE PHOTOS Ltd The Religious Media Agency
WEEKLY NEWS REVIEW
February 27, 2003
AUSTRALIA: 1. CHAPLAIN APPOINTED FOR ABUSE VICTIMS (Southern Cross) 2. SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR TOURS AUSTRALIA (McPherson Prmtns) 3. RELIGIOUS PROGRAMS IN RADIO RATINGS (Worldwide Photos) 4. THE KIDS ARE STIRRING AT EARLWOOD (Cntrbry-Erlwd Express) 5. CROSS COUNTRY IN PINGELLY (Baptist Advocate) 6. WOMEN HEAD UC COLLEGES IN VICTORIA (Crosslight)
OVERSEAS: 7. PRAYER CAMPAIGN 03/03/03 (Misc Media) 8. CHINA EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE (Presbyterian News) 9. ENTHRONEMENT OF DR ROWAN WILLIAMS (Archbishop News) 10. DIGGING FOR YOUTH VICTORY (Christian Herald) 11. SUDAN: MASS GRAVE REVEALS MASSACRE (Christian Herald) 12. HOW TO WIN THE RACE OF LIFE (Challenge Weekly) 13. ‘YES’ TO CHRISTIANITY, ‘NO’ TO CHURCH (Christian Herald) 14. ALCOHOL & TOBACCO OK IN WHEATON COLLEGE (AgapePress) 15. THIRD-GRADER ARRESTED FOR COPS & ROBBERS (Rutherford Inst News)
1. CHAPLAIN APPOINTED FOR ABUSE VICTIMS (Southern Cross) Jenn Clark reports in the March edition of Sydney’s Anglican monthly newspaper, The Southern Cross, that a first for the Anglican Church in Australia, was the appointment of a new chaplain to the Diocese of Sydney’s Professional Standards Unit (PSU) to work alongside the victims of sexual misconduct. Jenni Woodhouse, who took up the newly created role sees the position as a vital development that will allow the Diocese to provide the necessary support and help for victims. “My priority is to contact the victims, support them and get alongside them, see what they think their needs are and try to meet those needs,” she says. “Some people need a new place to live, some need a new church family, some need legal aid, some people need someone to talk to three times a week. When victims have been abused inside a system, then that system has to do everything it can to help.”
2. SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR TOURS AUSTRALIA (McPherson Prmtns) The 32-strong Soweto Gospel Choir is in Australia for its first tour in this country and has brought a program of tribal, traditional and popular African gospel items. As well as the traditional African gospel numbers, they included “Amazing Grace”, “Paradise Road” and items by the acclaimed “Holy Jerusalem Choir”. Their Tour commenced in Victoria February 19-23 before moving on to Canberra, February 25 and towns in New South Wales, February 26-March 6. This included a performance at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday, February 27. Next came three days in Queensland, March 7-9, before a trip to New Zealand, March 12-16. They return to South Australia’s Adelaide Town Hall, March 19 and then Western Australia, for two performances, March 21 and 22. For locations and details see: http://www.sowetogospelchoir.com
3. RELIGIOUS PROGRAMS IN RADIO RATINGS (Worldwide Photos) The Rev John Edmondstone states that, while the whole Macquarie Radio Network went up in the latest Sydney Radio Ratings, the religious programs on 2CH also indicated something of their popularity and success. The Sunday morning sermon program rated very highly and had good audience response. Very few other stations received anything like the ratings of the Sunday evening programs of Hymns of the Faith, from 8.00pm – 9.00pm and the Sunday Night with Ross Clifford program, 9.00pm to midnight, both of which did extremely well with its adult audience.
4. THE KIDS ARE STIRRING AT EARLWOOD (Cntrbry-Erlwd Express) Earlwood Uniting Church Pre-School, in Sydney, will join three other church groups to turn tonnes of batter into a tower of pancakes on Tuesday, March 4 – Pancake Day. The Clemton Park Uniting Church’s Kids Club, the Revesby Uniting Church and the Panania Uniting Church will all help to sell pancakes on Tuesday to raise funds for UnitingCare, representing over 400 Uniting Church community service agencies across Australia. UnitingCare assists children, families, young adults, those with disabilities and older people “to live their lives with dignity and hope”. Green’s General Foods has donated 11 tonnes of Pancake Shake mix and two tonnes of maple-flavoured syrup, to help produce 200,000 pancakes across Australia. See: http://www.pancakeday.com.au
5. CROSS COUNTRY IN PINGELLY (Baptist Advocate) At a prayer meeting of combined churches for the Avon Valley, Western Australia, a visiting lady said she had a vision, similar to farmer Graeme Lange of the Uniting Church, of a huge cross overlooking the wheatbelt town of Pingelly, 158km south-east of Perth. That confirmed the idea to Graeme. With the assistance of his brother, Kelvin Lange and Pastor John Mallaby of the Pingelly Baptist Church, Pingelly now has a metal cross, 15.5 metres high, 9.4 metres wide which can be seen from anywhere in town. 16 tonnes of concrete, to a depth of 2 metres underground, helped to reinforce the 2.7 tonnes of steel, which has its own solar powered system so that the cross is lit at night. Graeme’s finishing touch was to weld the words “God is our Provider” at the base of the cross.
6. WOMEN HEAD UC COLLEGES IN VICTORIA (Crosslight) Two Uniting Church secondary colleges in Melbourne began this year with women as their principals – the first time in 136 years for Wesley College and only the second time in 113 years for Kingswood College. Dr Helen Drennen, who follows David Loader as head of Wesley, has been based in Singapore. She has served as a biology teacher and head of English at North Altona High School, in Melbourne’s western suburbs and later became Principal of Wesley’s Glen Waverley campus. Mrs Annette Bennet has taken over as Principal of Kingswood after twice serving the college as Acting Principal. Mrs Bennet is a member of the Uniting Church and is a board member of one of its agencies, UnitingCare Connections, which specialises in children’s and family services.
7. PRAYER CAMPAIGN 03/03/03 (Misc Media) Vision Network believes there is a need for a concerted prayer campaign in respect to the possibility of a war with Iraq. They have come up with the campaign catch-phrase “03/03/03” (3 March, 2003). The number 3 in Scripture also represents the Trinity. Graeme Lee, the National Facilitator in New Zealand, says the campaign is just a simple call to ask all Christians everywhere to specifically pray on Monday 3 March in respect to the possible war with Iraq, and of course to continue praying in the days ahead. “Wouldn ‘t it be great if Christians united up and down the length of New Zealand and started a ‘wave of prayer’ that would continue into the next day throughout the world,” Mr Lee says
8. CHINA EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE (Presbyterian News) An earthquake measuring 6.8 Richter scale hit the remote mid west part of Xinjiang region of China on February 24, 2003. The Xinjiang region is located in the north-western part of China, bordering Kyrgyztan. Initially, 257 people are reported dead and over 2000 seriously injured. Freezing temperatures have increased the suffering of the estimated 10,000 homeless. Amity Foundation, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance partner and ACT member in China, reports that the most needed relief materials in the quake-hit areas are water, food rice, quilts, tents and medicine. They are assessing the situation and the need for a broader response.
9. ENTHRONEMENT OF DR ROWAN WILLIAMS (Archbishop News) Dr Rowan Douglas Williams legally became the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Confirmation of Election ceremony in St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday 2 December 2002. The Enthronement service on Thursday 27 February 2003 is his formal reception at Canterbury Cathedral and a celebration of the start of his new ministry. The Archbishop of Canterbury is Enthroned in Canterbury Cathedral, the Mother Church of the Church of England and of the Anglican Communion. He will take his seat as the 104th Archbishop, in succession to St Augustine, at a ceremony attended by many representatives of other churches and other faiths. The leaders of many churches in Britain will attend and representatives of Jewish, Moslem, Hindu, Sikhs, Jain and Buddhist faiths, along with the UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the Prince of Wales, His Royal Highness Prince Charles.
10. DIGGING FOR YOUTH VICTORY (Christian Herald) Work has started in England on an ambitious building project in the grounds of Lee Abbey, Lynton. The project, which will see the conversion of an existing dairy barn complex into a 39-bedded centre for youth work, is costing