Ravi Zacharias, church re-openings, Newmarch house: updates

• Ravi Zacharias memorial will be streamed. You can be part of a memorial for evangelist Ravi Zacharias (a scheduled Youtube event) here

Tributes to Zacharias will include homages from family and friends, including RZIM President Michael Ramsden, athlete and author Tim Tebow, Brooklyn Tabernacle Senior Pastor Jim Cymbala, and Passion Movement Founder Louie Giglio. Musical artists Matt Redman and Lecrae will perform.

The event is at 11am Eastern US time on May 29 which is  1:00am May 30, in Australian Eastern time.

• Call for Churches to reopen. The Christians calling for churches to reopen – “Pubs and clubs can have 50 people. Why not church?” as reported in Eternity – have been joined by head of the Serbian Orthodox in Australia Bishop Siluan. He’s sent a letter to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison: “I write to you in the wake of media reports noting that, given the success of current measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions on cafes, pubs and registered clubs will be eased to allow greater public access to these spaces.”

“This easing of restrictions is to be welcomed as a step towards dealing with the difficulties people have had to face and deal with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that they will be an important step towards improving the economic and social wellbeing of the nation.

“However, they will not address the deleterious effects to the religious and spiritual well-being of the millions of Australians, and in my case, the tens of thousands of Australia’s Serbian Orthodox Christians.”

• Newmarch Update. The COVID-19 outbreak at Anglicare Sydney’s Newmarch House aged care facility sadly continues – and keeps attracting comment. Reports from a Senate inquiry suggest that the operator took six days to accept staffing help offered by the Commonwealth. Eternity reported on Anglicare’s statements about their difficulties in sending sick patients to hospital here

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