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Former Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs explores what's at stake in the Israel Folau case; the C of E hands down its social media 'commandments'; and a Buddhist landlord and prospective tenant go into battle over religious discrimination.

July 3 2019


General Synod publishes booklet on marriage and same-sex unions

Marriage and same-sex relationships are explored in a new booklet published last week by the Doctrine Commission of General Synod, the national parliament of the Anglican Church of Australia. Marriage, Same-sex Marriage and the Anglican Church of Australia: Essays from the Doctrine Commission is designed to assist discussions within the Church as it responds to Australia’s expanded definition of marriage in the law.


Are you for Israel Folau or against? We love a simple answer but this is not a binary case

Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says it is ironic that the Folau case has exposed the gaps in Australia’s protections for fundamental freedoms just as the Government is about to introduce a new bill to increase protections for religious freedoms.


Cape Town’s Archbishop Makgoba: Lambeth 2020 boycotts will not help anyone

The Anglican Primate of Southern Africa, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, says boycotts never helped Anglicans to agree on the creeds in their tradition but fuel breakages. “Let’s all come and sit around the table, acknowledge our pain, try to remedy our brokenness, try to remove the tensions. But we can’t just say, ‘Let’s vote: are you in or are you out?’ That’s not how the Church works.”


Monastic rules for our lives: The virtue of silence

The world around us today can be filled with a good deal of noise to the extent that even homes can become strangers to silence. Noise creeps into our minds and hearts at every turn of the day, and it becomes so difficult to merely sit in silence. How can Christians learn and teach silence?


Trial of former Newcastle Anglican Dean Graeme Lawrence comes to a close

Lawyers for former Anglican Dean of Newcastle Graeme Lawrence have told a court the case against him has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. A jury was discharged after the court found an ABC media report was potentially prejudicial to the defendant's chances of receiving a fair trial. NSW District Court Judge Tim Gartelmann has now formally closed the trial and is due to deliver a verdict on 26 July.


People who misquote the Bible will have their comments deleted from Church’s Facebook, says Archbishop of Canterbury

Churchgoers who misuse the Bible will have their comments deleted from posts on the official Church of England Facebook page, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury says, as the Church of England launches a new set of “social media commandments” to ensure followers of the religion act appropriately online.


An iconic milestone: Adelaide’s St Peter’s Cathedral celebrates 150 years

Adelaide’s St Peter’s Cathedral celebrated its 150th anniversary last month. As well as its importance to South Australian Anglicans, St Peter’s is known to cricket fans around the world due to its proximity to Adelaide Oval. In 2001, the Cathedral hosted the memorial service for Sir Donald Bradman. Sarah Couper looks at the Cathedral’s Festival 150 in this piece from The Adelaide Review.


Slavery history still affects blacks, half of practising Christians say in survey

Fifty per cent of practicing Christians say the history of American slavery continues to significantly affect the African American community today, a report shows. The report included reflections from scholars and faith leaders about how Christians can move ahead in addressing racism.


Newman canonisation date announced for October

Pope Francis is to canonise John Henry Newman in October, recognising a remarkable journey from Anglican priest to cardinal of the Roman Church for one of the outstanding figures of the 19th century.


Buddhist landlord throws book at Melbourne's witches and warlocks as ‘vampire’ tenant caught in culture wars

Drew Sinton, the owner of Haunted Bookshop which sells literature on the paranormal, ghosts, tarot, vampires, UFOs, fairies, demons, paganism, witchcraft and ancient wisdom, has lodged a religious discrimination complaint with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission claiming he was refused a lease on a new shop because of the landlord’s spiritual beliefs.