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nswchs has written 828 posts for NSW Council of Churches

Younger Generation Lead Way For Supporting Religious Freedom

Much has been said about the youngest generations, the Millenials and Gen Z, and their apparent lack of faith. I’m not sure that’s entirely true. Those generations may have their weaknesses, but don’t the other generations as well. After all, we haven’t left them a spotless record or, in many ways, a very good example … Continue reading

Long Road Ahead Supporting Fire Victims

I was speaking recently to some people helping bushfire victims in northern New South Wales. They were part of the Anglicare disaster recovery response, which helps in the immediate aftermath of fires, floods and the like. Several religious organisations like the salvos help in this effort and they do a valuable job in meeting people … Continue reading

Back Off Those Millenials

Much has been said about the youngest generations, the Millenials and Gen Z, and their apparent lack of faith. I’m not sure that’s entirely true. Those generations may have their weaknesses, but don’t the other generations as well? After all, we haven’t left them a spotless record or, in many ways, a very good example … Continue reading

Latest Study Says Religion Good For Society

You know what they say about statistics – well I won’t repeat it but it is not complementary. There are a lot of statistics, fuelled by some bias, about a decline in Christianity. It just depends where you are speaking about. Some places are in decline, some areas are seeing a boom in Christianity. But … Continue reading

ABC Finds Religious Discriminated Against

The ABC this month posted the results of a survey on Australian society and it had some interesting results on faith and public life. Notably, it found some 70 percent of those surveyed believe that people of faith are subjected to discrimination. It is a strong indicator that there is a need for religious discrimination … Continue reading

Loneliness Not a New Thing

I read in a British newspaper this week a story about the elderly in England – skipping meals because they didn’t want to eat alone. This, the newspaper said, was part of a loneliness epidemic among Britain’s elderly. One in five over 70s ate all their daily meals alone each week, I don’t think this … Continue reading

A prayer for Our Country, in drought and fire

Our heavenly Father, creator of all things and especially the creator of this land and its original peoples, we call out to you in these desperate times as we see the first catastrophic fire warnings for New South Wales, as fires have already swept across several parts of our land. Our hearts cry out to … Continue reading

Religious Freedom Not About Special Rights

It is time to take a long hard look at the religious freedom debate and for some to stop misrepresenting what is going on. The debate is not about giving special rights to some people or groups but to ensure there is genuine diversity in our society. There are all sorts of religious beliefs and … Continue reading

Calls to Abolish the Lord’s Prayer

The Greens have raised in State Parliament the issue of scrapping the Lord’s Prayer at the opening of sessions. The Lord’s Prayer has been said at the opening of the Upper House for almost two centuries – but instead a handful of Green MPs want instead to introduce a meditation-style ritual where members “stand in … Continue reading

Kanye West, the Real Deal?

I can’t claim to be a fan of Kanye West – or even to be able to name one of his songs. But I am interested in the fact that he now has emerged singing what appear to be Christian lyrics. His latest album is called Jesus is King. Now I know that many singers … Continue reading

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