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Can anything good come from all of this?

Wednesday, 25 March 2020
 | Sarah Judd-Lam

The Coronavirus pandemic is serious, but this season will bring lasting, positive change if we let it. We have a unique opportunity to rethink our practices, make the most of the technological possibilities and turn our attention to the hope of a better future.

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A Doctor’s plea: ‘You Stay at Home for Us. I Stay at Work for You’.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020
 | Emma Matheson

Social distancing is key to ‘flattening the curve’ of the Coronavirus. How can we do this without neglecting our responsibility to love our neighbour, especially those who are alone or vulnerable? Here is the perspective of two medical professionals.

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Coronavirus: the gift that is showing us what matters

Wednesday, 25 March 2020
 | Nils von Kalm

If ever we have seen that love and human connection are what really matter in life and should be prioritised over anything else, it is now. The Golden Rule - do unto others as you would have them do unto you - has never had more social relevance than it does today.

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(Faith and Hope and) Love in a time of Coronavirus

Tuesday, 24 March 2020
 | Andrew Sloane

COVID-19 has stripped away our illusion of control to reveal the vulnerability that always lurks beneath, confronting us with the anxious realisation that we are frail and mortal. What does a gospel-shaped response of vulnerability and love, of abundance and generosity, look like in these extraordinary times?

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Is the Coronavirus God’s grace to humanity?

Tuesday, 24 March 2020
 | Karina Kreminski

In these difficult times, we must ‘call into question’ the present and see the potential of a new normal that will eventuate after this awful season is over. And we must hope for and act to make this new society a place that is for the flourishing of humanity.

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Learning to Learn from West Papua

Monday, 24 February 2020
 | Michael Toy

Why do we listen to the voices of the other? Is it simply to increase knowledge or to better learn to love our neighbour? In learning about, from and with indigenous West Papuans, and engaging with their theologians, there are two things I have learned not to do.

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The Dark Side of Nostalgia

Sunday, 26 January 2020
 | Cheryl McGrath

Nostalgia can be harmless fun. But social nostalgia – the call for a return to a time when things were ‘simpler’ - can distort how we view the world, by idealising a time that never existed. While reminding us of our moral centre, it can impact our sense of justice and compassion, and even our vote.

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Glimpsing God on George Street: beauty from a city we haven’t yet visited

Thursday, 16 January 2020
 | Jo Kadlecek

The diversity of faces in the urban space invite us to marvel at the artistry and earthiness of the Creator. In every encounter I learn to pay attention and discover the beauty of God in the cities of man. I feel a joyful connection with, and surprising lessons from, the heavenly city to come.

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Damsel in Distress

Friday, 20 December 2019
 | Joel McKerrow

We name them as helpless so that we don’t have to feel so helpless. But it is time to stop trying to rescue the world when I am really just trying to rescue me. It is time to sit in the dust with those who sit in the dust and just listen.

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Love in the time of dementia: is care without love enough?

Friday, 20 December 2019
 | David Martin and John Swinton

The experience of dementia, at times, can be quite frightening. We need people who will love us out of our fear. The role of Christians is to reveal the love of God and to ensure that that which is absent from current legislation is not absent from the lives of Jesus’ disciples.

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