Time to pray: Cathedral staff and senior Sydney clergy pray for Kanishka and Cailey Raffel after the new Archbishop’s election at Synod in May. themselves to Western secular “I regard the decline of culture are exactly the places Christianity in the West not as where the church is weakest,” he a problem for Christianity but said. “The places where there’s as a problem for the West,” the a robust confidence in God’s Archbishop said. “As a society we word, with a joyful but sacrificial have loosed ourselves not only commitment to discipleship and from the gospel of Jesus, from obedience to that word – those which all these good things arise, are the places where the church but from the posture of humbly is most vibrant and growing.” acknowledging almighty God. Columnist Greg Sheridan, in “We don’t humbly acknowledge The Australian newspaper, asked anything any more. The contents about the declining Christian of the gospel, including equality influence in society. and human dignity, have been
separated from a Christian worldview. We have unleashed, ironically, a rejection of God from whom all these good things came.” His first steps as Archbishopelect were taken with a face mask on – the final night of Synod overshadowed by snap restrictions. But the new Archbishop sees opportunities ahead. “COVID-19 has shaken our self-confidence and fractured our everyday world in a way that
makes us long for something more than the material. We’ve rediscovered the priority of relationships and community. “Local Anglican churches... across Sydney and Wollongong are places of welcome open to all. We gather to hear God’s life-giving words, seek to serve our neighbours and are glad to introduce them to the hope we have in Jesus.” SC A full report on the consecration of Archbishop Raffel will be in July SC.
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