Faith and Belief

Last week I had a coffee with a PhD student in Sydney who is researching religious education in NSW schools, where they still have scripture classes conducted by representatives of “approved religious organisations”. Her thesis topic is, What, in heaven’s name, are they teaching my 5-year-old? Does public education’s hidden Christian curriculum contribute to social …

nurture spirit, build community

As we approach this holiday season, I wish you best wishes for a happy Christmas and New Year, and thank you for your support during 2009. Below is a photo which, I’d like to think, represents what the Multifaith Chaplaincy at Flinders stands for as we have endeavoured to “nurture spirit, build community” within the …

The Parable of the Good People Smuggler

So our state Attorney-General has labelled the so-called Gang of 49 “evil” and our Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has condemned people smugglers as the “absolute scum of the earth” and they should “rot in hell”. (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/17/2545748.htm) They are obviously closer to the scene than I am to be able to so neatly categorise and condemn. …