19 May 2022 - by Lauren Bartley
Attempting to sway the hearts, minds and collective action of politicians, the Executive Director of the ACC&C, Prof. Anthony Maher, last week wrote to the Prime Minster and leaders of the major political parties to suggest they consider adopting the ‘Australian Beatitudes’, as formative to their party-political agenda – in government and loyal opposition.
The ‘Australian Beatitudes’, which flow from a reading of the New Testament in the form of eight questions, are applied to ordinary Australian life today. Prof. Maher invited all political parties to work alongside the ACC&C, and people of faith more generally, to enthusiastically promote the collective wisdom for the common good.
Prof. Maher said; “that religiously minded people are called by their faith to discern act, and vote for whatever political party is most consistent with a wide-ranging religious worldview of the common good, particularly upon social, economic and political concerns.” “We believe,” he continued, “that all Australians are responsible for the great ethical challenges of our time, and that our collective response to the ‘Australian Beatitudes’, at this election, are of no small concern, indeed, it will determine the future wellbeing of our people, nation and the planet.”
Situated in Canberra’s parliamentary triangle, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the ACC&C exists as a unique national, ecumenical, and interfaith enterprise to promote the wisdom of the common good. The Centre seeks to contribute, from a moderate and inclusive religious perspective, to the construction of a just, egalitarian, and compassionate Australian society.
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