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From alms to arms

Tuesday, 13 February 2018
 | Gordon Preece

Australia is now set to become a top ten global arms producer and dealer. The government’s amorally framed announcement was justified purely financially, but the consequences of favouring warfare over welfare will be felt for generations, with nations indebted, lives lost and environments destroyed.

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Beyond Australia Day

Tuesday, 30 January 2018
 | Glenn Loughrey

Australia Day is offensive because it represents the ongoing genocide of Aboriginal People. And all non-indigenous people, including churches, are complicit because they are beneficiaries of stolen land and participants in the destruction of culture, language and spirituality that continues today. But we need more than a change of date or an apology; we need a cessation of hostilities, reparation and treaty.

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Solving the problem of Australia Day

Sunday, 21 January 2018
 | Stephen Chavura

While we have much to celebrate as a nation, January 26th is a day of sorrow for indigenous Australians. There is no approach to the problem of celebrating or not celebrating this nation’s morally ambiguous origins and history that is going to make everybody happy. But one solution could help break the impasse.

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Australia Day Grace

Sunday, 21 January 2018
 | Megan Powell du Toit

We need to confess that we built this country upon the oppression of the original inhabitants, and that the results of this continue today. We celebrate our nation on a date that reminds the original inhabitants of the evil and injustice done to them. What would grace do?

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For the generation gap, look closer to home

Saturday, 23 December 2017
 | Arthur Davis and Nathan Campbell

Millennials are leading the demographic shift towards ‘religious nones’. And in many ways millennial Christians are at odds with their Gen X leaders. But they have much to offer, and collaboration is possible. In a world that is profoundly fragmented, and often burned by Christianity, the hopeful openness of millennials could do wonders for the church’s witness.

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About His Father’s Business: Luke 2:40-52

Tuesday, 5 December 2017
 | Bruce Wearne

The Gospel writers respectfully leave out most of the details of Jesus’ boyhood, to be told within his earthly family’s remembrances, part of Mary’s heart-stored treasure. This silence reminds us of the God-blessed integrity of marriage and family life, even as the Good News of Jesus Christ encourages us in our story-telling generation to generation.

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Pine Gap Peace Pilgrims: lament and healing

Tuesday, 5 December 2017
 | Simon Moyle and Margaret Pestorius

For Margaret Pestorius, one of the Pine Gap Peace Pilgrims, faith-based, creative and disruptive nonviolent direct actions are about witnessing and responding to truth. Lament is an important part of this, as a way of breaking the denial, embodying the suffering of the victims, and driving transformation and action.

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There are slave markets in Libya – so why doesn't Australia care?

Tuesday, 28 November 2017
 | Andrea Tokaji

There are more slaves today than ever before, with slavery and trafficking of displaced persons on the rise. So why the silence about slave markets in Libya? Vulnerable communities internationally rely on democracies such as Australia to speak up for them. The moment we grow accustomed to human rights abuses internationally is the moment our international soul dies.

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Social media and engaging rightly: in conversation with Megan Powell du Toit

Monday, 27 November 2017
 | Matthew Anslow

Social media fasting is not about withdrawal, but is a way of ensuring that we master it instead of it mastering us. Fasting is necessary, not because social media is inherently bad, but because we need robust spiritual practices that ensure that we engage rightly online, as we do offline.

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Postal survey - did 'yes' really win?

Monday, 20 November 2017
 | Byron Smith

With 20.5% of eligible voters chose not to participate in an optional survey, some have suggested that the 'Yes' vote is not as decisive as it seems. But an understanding of Australian (and global) electoral history dispels any doubt that the government has a mandate to legislate for same-sex marriage.

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