9 - 15 May
Religion's engagement with the Federal election is broader than it may seem; Colombo's Anglican bishop tackles Sri Lanka's leaders and makes a plea for the Muslim community after the Easter bombings; and Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi leaves death row behind for life in a new country.
May 15 2019
Listen to ABC Radio National’s God Forbid program explore how religious and ethnic community media cover politics with a panel including TMA journalist Mark Brolly, Abdullah Yousuf, editor of a Bengali-language paper serving Sydney’s Bangladeshi community, and Uri Windt, publisher of a website for the Jewish community and those interested in Middle East politics.
The Anglican Bishop of Colombo in Sri Lanka has made a powerful statement in response to the Easter bombings in the city, excoriating the nation’s “short-sighted, corrupt, vain and self-serving” politicians and pleading for the Muslim community not to be demonised.
Asia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy last year after spending eight years on death row, has left Pakistan for Canada to be reunited with her daughters, according to reports.
The religious left may not wield the same political power as the Christian right, but it is emerging as a diverse, passionate and active voting bloc in Australia, Karen Tong reports for the ABC. While there's a clear commitment to social justice among the progressive and pious on the religious left, they're not wholly subscribed to the broader left's full agenda.
Archdeacon Denise Ferguson, who is currently Rector of East Redland Anglican Parish and Archdeacon of Moreton in the Diocese of Brisbane, has been named as Adelaide's new assistant bishop.
Jean Vanier, a Canadian Roman Catholic whose charity work helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in multiple countries over the past half-century, has died. He was 90.
Aid for the world’s most poor, vulnerable and oppressed is not only the right thing to do as a blessed nation, but it’s the smart thing to do, Matt Darvas from Micah Australia writes.
Those working for church unity were like climatologists, the outgoing director for unity, faith and order for the Anglican Communion, Canon John Gibaut, told the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Hong Kong this month. Like climatologists, they looked at trends over decades, he said, rather than meteorologists, who looked at the weather next week.
The religious descendants of the founders of Cadbury, Clarks Shoes and Greenpeace – Quakers, or more formally the Religious Society of Friends – number fewer than 1700 adherents in Australia. But their radical, non-hierarchical non-conformity combines with a commitment to political activism and peaceful rebellion on issues such as the environment, equality and social justice.
At Adelaide Writers' Week in March, journalist George Megalogenis asked Leigh Sales who had surprised her most in the research for her book Any Ordinary Day. She replied: “Steve Sinn, the priest. Because I'm not religious myself and I felt like we were going to have nothing in common and his way of looking at the world wouldn't make sense to me ...” Instead, the ABC TV 7.30 program host found the resolve to be present at a dying friend’s bedside.