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The ‘Thorburn Saga’, Faith and Work: Some Uncomfortable Reflections

Tuesday, 1 November 2022
 | Brendan Byrne

We might agree or disagree with the views held by Andrew Thorburn’s church. But should he have lost his job because many might have found those views offensive or harmful? There are at least two reasons to answer ’no’. And religious persecution is not one of them.

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A Call to be Spiritual Homemakers

Thursday, 27 October 2022
 | Eugene Wong

When we are feeling down, or vulnerable, or simply exhausted, we seek safe places, restful places. There is a shortage of places like this in the world right now. How can we turn our churches into a spiritual home for the heart-broken, grieving and lonely?

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A Reflection on Suicide

Wednesday, 12 October 2022
 | Gary Harch

How comfortable are we discussing suicide? The tragic death of former Rugby League player and coach Paul Green two months ago reminds us that the best thing we can do when we are feeling hopeless or lonely is to reach out to those who care for us.

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Address to Sydney Anglican Synod: First Nations Voice

Friday, 7 October 2022
 | Larissa Minniecon

In her address to the Sydney Anglican Synod, Larissa Minniecon called on the church to support the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution, arguing that truth-telling should begin in the church.

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The Art of Improvisation

Monday, 26 September 2022
 | Jacqueline Grey

Like the final Act of a play, we join God’s story by improvising the final act of this story of Scripture – staying consistent and true to Scripture, but being led by the Spirit towards the fulfilment of the story in God’s kingdom.

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The Queen: Symbol of Imperialism and Colonialism for First Nations Peoples of Australia

Friday, 23 September 2022
 | Anne Pattel-Gray

For most First Nations peoples in Australia, the Queen is a symbol of British imperialism under which we were colonised, who failed to rectify the wrongs of her forebears. But the church is also complicit.

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God, by whom kings and queens do reign

Monday, 12 September 2022
 | Paul Tyson

The inauguration of King Charles III is a reminder that Australia has a public religion - the Church of England, with its head as our political sovereign - which is the grounds of legal and political authority. ‘Religious freedom’ is therefore private. But we often get it the wrong way around.

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Beauty in the scratches

Tuesday, 23 August 2022
 | Karina Kreminski

We seem to want to hide our scars, imperfections and wounds. But now I wonder if, ultimately, it’s those quirks, wounds, scratches and imperfections that make us a more interesting and meaningful society – and a humane one.

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Experiences of Forgetting: weaving and redeeming in the genealogies of Jesus

Monday, 25 July 2022
 | Sarah Do and Steve Taylor

Does Ruth's ‘your people, my people’ require forgetting one’s origins? Can one embrace the interweaving of diverse cultural experiences? And how can we allow the migrant experiences of sacrifice, grief and loss transform our readings of Scripture?

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Conspiracy Theories and Christians

Sunday, 24 July 2022
 | Charles Ringma

It’s easy to dismiss those who hold to conspiracy theories as ‘irrational’. But there are background factors that draw some, especially Christians, to alternative explanations for world events that focus on the ‘dark side’ of humanity while offering hope in the shadow of a cataclysmic future.

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