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Articles for Engage.Mail are generally from within a broadly Evangelical perspective. Ethos does not necessarily endorse every opinion of the authors but promotes their writing to encourage critical thought and discussion.


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Getting personal on climate change

Thursday, 12 August 2021
 | Claire Harvey

Engaging with climate change can be hard, tiring and often lonely. Our churches should be places that offer hope for the hopeless and an active community to join as we live out both simple and boldly audacious acts of creation care.

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Female Christ figures

Thursday, 29 July 2021
 | Steve Taylor

Acts of remarkable grace occur in the strangest places. Female Christ figures challenge the male saviour complex so embedded in patriarchal thinking.

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The Grace and Grief of Grandparenting

Tuesday, 27 July 2021
 | Michaella Curtis-Morris

The grace and patience shown by grandparents can have a significant impact on the lives of their grandchildren.

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Living in a broken world

Tuesday, 8 June 2021
 | John Kidson

Covid is just another sign that we live in a broken world.

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Hope at Easter and Anzac

Thursday, 22 April 2021
 | John Kidson

Sombre thoughts and wild ecstatic celebration, death and resurrection, a breathless determination to find hope.

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Review of Pub Theology: Where Potato Wedges and a Beer are a Eucharistic Experience

Tuesday, 30 March 2021
 | Robert Ireland

The Australian pub: a place where lives are changed, futures decided and many narratives find a home, are told and are shared to make sense of life. Anyone who finds the pub a place of energy, and who wants to hear the lay voice, would benefit from reading Pub Theology.

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Out the front after Christmas

Wednesday, 17 February 2021
 | John Kidson

Remembering Christmas: kids, mowing and soldiers.

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Learning from the 'Conversion Therapy' Bill

Wednesday, 10 February 2021
 | Angus McLeay

The Bill is needed to protect past and future victims of 'Conversion Therapy' and does not conflict with the proper exercise of religious freedoms. The passing of the Bill is an opportunity not for further polarisation, but understanding.

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Who pays the Bill? The dangers of Victoria’s Conversion legislation

Thursday, 4 February 2021
 | Gordon Preece

While deeply lamenting the great costs to LGBTI+ victims of Conversion Therapy, this ill-defined and broad terminology and legislation could unintentionally criminalise many people and standard Christian practices like prayer, preaching and counsel.

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Letter regarding Victorian Anti-Conversion Bill

Friday, 29 January 2021
 | Churches of Victoria

Gordon Preece, Director of Ethos, has signed onto a letter to Premier Andrews from various church leaders, protesting the proposed Change or Suppression Practices (Conversion) Prohibition Bill 2020 to be debated in the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament on Tuesday 2nd February 2021.

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