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22 to 28 August

Multiculturalism's unique challenge to religious freedom; the contrasting gospels of Morrison and Shorten; some religious schools back student climate strikes, while others hold out; BSL launches new podcast series

August 28 2019

Religious freedom becomes a minefield in our cultural melting pot

Religious freedom works best when everyone agrees on religion. It gets harder when you become the most multicultural nation on earth, writes Pru Goward in The Age.


The contrasting gospels of Morrison and Shorten

Erik Jensen's Quarterly Essay, 'The Prosperity Gospel: How Scott Morrison Won and Bill Shorten Lost', largely comes down to a question of which politician did a better job last May of selling themselves — contradictions and all — to Australians.


NSW Uniting Church backs school climate strike, Sydney Anglicans and Catholics decline

Sydney Catholic and Anglican churches say they will not follow the example of the Uniting Church, which has granted support to the school climate strike movement and given students support to attend the marches.


Outgoing Religions for Peace leader reflects on decades of interfaith cooperation

William Vendley, the outgoing head of Religions for Peace, said religions must learn to be “bilingual” in the future — becoming adept at addressing their own congregations while also speaking to the world around them.


Convincing defence of Evangelicals' role in our nation's history

Australian Anglican historian Stuart Piggin and American historian Robert D. Linder have been awarded the 2019 Australian Christian Book of the Year for their book The Fountain of Public Prosperity: Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1740-1914. You can read our review by Alan Nichols AM, Archdeacon Emeritus, Diocese of Melbourne, here. 


'Freedom Sunday' to raise awareness of modern slavery

International Justice Mission is encouraging churches around the Australia to sign up to their “Freedom Sunday” event on 22 September, which aims to raise awareness of the state of modern slavery and what you can do to end it. IJM will share materials with participating churches allowing your congregation to participate from their own pews. Last year 50 Australian churches joined over 18,000 worldwide in the event.


Nominations sought for women advocates to attend UN event in 2020

The search is on for women from across the Anglican Communion to attend the 64th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), to be held in New York in March next year. Each year the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion invites Primates to nominate women to represent the Anglican Communion at the event. The annual meeting of the CSW draws 9,000 women and men from all the regions of the world to the UN’s New York headquarters, with delegates representing and advocating for an estimated 3.7 billion women and girls worldwide.


Brotherhood of St Laurence launches “Brotherhood Talks” podcasts

This month the Brotherhood of St Laurence has released the first episodes of its “Brotherhood Talks” podcast, which focus on a wide range of issues that need to be overcome to challenge poverty and disadvantage in Australia. In the first three episodes: UN sustainable development goals in Australia, affordable housing, and climate justice.  


God and the problem of economic suffering

After the fateful separation of economics from theology in mid-nineteenth century Britain, economists no longer felt any need to construct theodicies, and theologians lost connection with mainstream economics, argues Paul Oslington, Professor of Economics and Theology at Alphacrucis College.


On Saturday morning I was one of those bystanders

Writer Jenny Sinclair came to the aid of a stranger in need over the weekend. She was told after that she was a good Samaritan, but this left with her with the question: what is a bad Samaritan? Do those people who wouldn’t stop to help a person in need exist?