The Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco. Photo: Elenie Poulos The first paper out of my ongoing PhD research on the politics of religious freedom has just been published by the Australian Journal of Human Rights, 2018, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp 117-133. Here is the abstract: Lacking a national comprehensive human … Continue reading Protecting Freedom/Protecting Privilege
Pitt Street Uniting Church | 17 December 2017 Sermon for Third Sunday of Advent | Isaiah 11:1-9 Pitt Street Uniting Church is on the land of Gadigal People of the Eora Nation The words of faith from the prophet Isaiah speak of a new shoot from the stock of Jesse, a new king from the dead stump that was once … Continue reading The Very Public and Political Coming of the Prince of Peace
Some thoughts about marriage equality in light of Australia’s postal survey. This piece was first published by ABC Religion & Ethics on 1 September 2017. Bob Katter grieves the loss of his favourite word to the cause of a minority group. But sadly for him, it’s gone and so is the privilege that he’s trying … Continue reading Bob Katter wants his wor(l)d back
South Sydney Uniting Church #wecandobetter A service of hope and lament for people seeking asylum Uniting Church members and friends gathered on 27 November at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney for a Service of Lament and Hope for people seeking asylum. The texts for the service were Psalm 137 and Matthew 25:31-46. The service was … Continue reading In the midst of grief, agents of hope
This was a speech I delivered at the National Environment Meeting 2016, at the University of Sydney on 22 October. The theme for the conference was ‘Hope in the Dark’ and I was part of a panel talking about the need for environment groups to build alliances with Indigenous groups, faith-based groups, unions, and legal organisations. … Continue reading One Household – Like We Mean It
This is the speech I delivered at the Let Them Stay Rally organised by GetUp! at Sydney Town Hall on Monday 8 February. There were about 4000 people there all calling on the Government to change our harsh, punitive and abusive treatment of people seeking asylum.
This is a short reflection I offered at the Love Makes a Way ‘Carols for Compassion’ event on 10 December 2015, outside the Sydney offices of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Inequality is a growing problem in Australia. The gap between the rich and the poor is widening and it’s happening quickly.
The parable of the Good Samaritan from the Bible (Luke, chapter 10) has become common place and almost clichéd in Christian conversations about the current Australian Government’s increasingly cold-hearted and abusive responses to asylum seekers.
The 2014 Budget from the Abbott Government confirms my impressions of this Government as one committed to punishing people for making the ‘wrong’ decisions.