nswchs has written 805 posts for NSW Council of Churches

Sydney siege survivor seeks unity

#1166 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 20 December 2015 One year on from Sydney’s Lindt Cafe siege, which claimed the lives of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson, one survivor is taking extraordinary steps to bring healing from the tragedy. Louisa Hope, who was shot in the foot during the siege, has joined Common Grace as Ambassador … Continue reading

What is the value of SRE?

#1165 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 13 December 2015 The current issue of Presbyterian Pulse reports that when a Christian teacher delivers Special Religious Education in NSW schools, parents and schools can be sure that students in their care will receive high quality, engaging and beneficial teaching. As well as contributing to a child’s broader education, … Continue reading

Spiritual dimension to climate change

#1164 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 13 December 2015 In a recent Anglican declaration, a group of Anglican bishops said they accepted “the evidence of science concerning the contribution of human activity to the climate crisis and the disproportionate role played by fossil-fuel based economies.” In an opinion piece for Eternity newspaper published this week, the … Continue reading

Reduce demand for ice: report

#1163 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 13 December 2015 The Australian Government released the final report of the National Ice Taskforce last Sunday, after presenting interim findings on July 23. The report made 38 recommendations aimed at improving responses to people affected by ice (or methamphetamine); stronger prevention strategies to reduce demand; better treatment and … Continue reading

Big W accused of promoting gambling to kids

#1162 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 6 December 2015 Australian retailer Big W has been accused of promoting gambling to children after a line of chocolates wrapped to resemble casino “poker chips” appeared in stores this week. South Australian director of Family Voice, David d’Lima, said he sent a telephone complaint to the store, and received … Continue reading

Senate to investigate porn impact on kids

#1161 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 6 December 2015 A Senate inquiry has been established into the impact of pornography on children, following the passing of a cross-party motion moved by Labor Senator Joe Bullock, Liberal Senator Chris Back, Nationals Senator Jo Lindgren and Independent Senator John Madigan. Family Voice Australia research officer Ros Phillips said … Continue reading

Faiths unite to fight slavery

#1160 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 6 December 2015 Leaders from several world faiths assembled at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday at the invitation of mining magnate Andrew Forrest to launch of the Australian Freedom Network, committed to taking “measurable actions” towards ending slavery until at least 2020. It’s thought that an estimated 35.8 million people are … Continue reading

Indoctrination or education? You be the judge

#1159 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 29 November 2015 The Safe Schools Coalition has launched a resource for 12-13 year olds, in which teachers invite students to imagine themselves in the role of a 16-year-old “going out with someone they are really into” (p. 20). Half the class is to imagine their partner is of the … Continue reading

Christian prayer banned in UK cinemas

#1158 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 29 November 2015 In his Easter message, British Prime Minister David Cameron claimed the UK was still a Christian country. This week, a pre-Christmas advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer was banned from screening in British cinemas. The ad was to run before screenings of the new Star Wars film The … Continue reading

Archbishop punished for preaching

#1157 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 29 November 2015 As Australians, we live in a community where differences of opinion, belief, taste, and lifestyle are tolerated – within the bounds of the law. But when the law changes to outlaw freedom of speech, as happened recently in Tasmania, I’m left wondering what’s happening to this country. … Continue reading