Gender EthicsSexual Ethics

The Meaning of Marriage

What does marriage mean? The debate over marriage equality has forced us to ask this question. It is a good question to ask. In a 2011 article for the Sydney Anglicans website, which was later abbreviated to appear on the Drum website, Anglican Rector Michael Jensen argued that to recognise...

Refugee Ethics

An anniversary I’d rather not be celebrating

This week marks the fourth anniversary of the decision by the Rudd-Gillard government to detain unauthorised asylum seekers in offshore detention centres and never permit them entry to our county. Today the system is on the verge of collapse, with the Manus centre declared illegal by the PNG...

PrayerRefugee Ethics

A Prayer for Syria and Syrian Refugees

Civil war broke out in Syria in 2011 after the Assad regime resisted the regional movement towards democracy known as "the Arab Spring”. Initially a war between the government and a rebel movement, the rise of ISIS has added a third major party to the conflict. The situation is made more...

Faith

The Difference Faith Can Make. In Memory of Bazza Turnbull

Two weeks ago I attended the funeral of an old friend. I hadn’t seen Bazza for many years, but my memories were fond. I met Barry when I was the youth pastor at Caringbah Baptist Church and he starting seeing one of the women whose daughters were in the youth group. I had long had a soft spot...

Australia

my first citizenship ceremony it was profoundly moving

Last Friday I attended the citizenship ceremony for a friend from my church. It was a profoundly moving experience. Just on 100 people were becoming citizens and what a marvellously diverse bunch they were. They came from 30 countries and every inhabited continent. They aged from the young to...

Indigenous Issues

To Members of our First Nations. I Accept Your Invitation.

Yesterday indigenous leaders gathered  at Uluru released  a statement calling  Australians to walk with them on a journey to a better future. It's an invitation I accept. As a follower of Jesus I think I'm called to this. One of the most significant Christian thinkers on questions of justice is...

AustraliaMigration

From all the lands on earth we come…

I was on a train recently and found myself surrounded by groups of people speaking languages I didn't understand. There was a time when I would have felt uncomfortable about this, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself grinning and feeling joyful. I couldn't understand the words people...

Government

Has Malcolm got his Mojo back? Reflections on the 2017 federal budget

The Federal government released its 2017/18 budget last night. On first glance it represents a radical departure from the infamous "lifters and leaners" budget  delivered by the Coalition just a few years ago. As a commentator in one of our broadsheet newspapers noted, this is much more the...

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