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Executive Director position vacant

The Council’s Executive Director position has become vacant, with applications open until Nov 5. For more enquiries, visit the information page.

People Turning to God During Covid

I keep hearing stories about the number of people who are attending online church services. In Sydney, there are hundreds to choose from. But in the UK – a new survey shows a quarter of adults have watched or listened to a religious service since the coronavirus lockdown began, and one in 20 have started … Continue reading

Gambling – a Covid Casualty

There was a story this week that provided at least one positive from the Covid lockdown –  and that is the effect it has had on gambling. The ABC detailed the stories of several people who were problem gamblers but the fact that access to poker machines and other temptations were closed – that had … Continue reading

Big Questions During a Crisis

The Coronavirus pandemic and the fact that people are locked in their homes has led to more and more Australians thinking about the big issues of life. As the Anglican Dean of Sydney, Kanishka Raffel, put it last weekend – ‘we are asking big questions about who we are and what matters most and what … Continue reading

Scandal! A Prime Minister Who Prays!

I note one of the newspapers very recently reported, with some surprise, that Scott Morrison had been praying for Australia during the coronavirus. Why this should surprise anyone, I don’t know. I think it is a great thing we have a praying Prime Minister – just as Kevin Rudd, John Howard and Tony Abbott – … Continue reading

Virtually The Best Time To Join a Church

If you are one of those people who say they can’t get to church on a normal Sunday – well today church is coming to you. Because today in this time of Coronavirus – we are not having normal Sundays. All over the land, as we are increasingly shut in our homes, church is going … Continue reading

Can Covid-19 Bring Us to Our Knees?

Churches all over the country, in fact, all over the world, are praying that the coronavirus might be stopped in its tracks. I am doing all I can personally, and I hope you are too, to stop the spread. I think the casual approach to COVID-19 is disappearing in Australia – people of all ages … Continue reading

Teenagers Value Faith

There’s been an interesting result in a survey of the religious literacy of teenagers. It found – they didn’t have much. Religious literacy that is. The survey found that just under half of Australian high school students are taught nothing about different religions and spiritual beliefs; and in government schools the figure is 56%. I’m … Continue reading

Coronavirus – How Could God Let This Happen?

The news has been dominated by the Coronavirus and what we should do about it, how the economy will be affected and even how much toilet paper we should buy. Comparisons are being made with the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1919, or even the plague of the middle ages. Quite rightly, people are pointing out … Continue reading

Church Service Commences Parliament

When Federal Parliament resumed for the year in February, they started with a church service. Despite what critics may say, it in no way crosses church and state boundaries. It is simply an opportunity for those MP’s who believe in God (something which is still in the majority in Australia) – to come together to … Continue reading