For immediate release
10 April 2014
The popular reception of the film Noah and the TV series Resurrection show that classic biblical themes are very much alive in the hearts and minds of ordinary Australians. The message of Easter is one of overcoming evil, finding hope in the midst of crisis, and a new day to experience and enjoy.
There is so much in our world that threatens to rob us of this new day – corruption in politics and business, sexual abuse, violence and addiction, lack of fairness. Australians understand that our political and community leaders are human and make mistakes. What we struggle with is a failure to come together to renew our community for the human dignity of all. But with a sense of God’s hope we can look forward with confidence.
Easter is the most significant celebration in the Christian calendar, a reminder of the depth of God’s love for us and the extent to which God was willing to go to demonstrate his love for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God.
Surveys continually show that Easter is the most recognised Christian event and that over 50 per cent of Australians believe or are open to the message of the empty tomb. In this spirit, let us together confess our own personal and societal sins and look for personal and societal transformation.
Easter is a time for all of us to reflect on being who God has called us to be.
Council President Rev Dr Ross Clifford is available for interviews.
Media contact Rod Benson 0412 421 678