Protecting Freedom/Protecting Privilege

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

The Very Public and Political Coming of the Prince of Peace

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

In the midst of grief, agents of hope

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

One Household – Like We Mean It

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

Offering Sanctuary – Let Them Stay

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.