06 Feb 2020 | Author: Stephen Pickard | Theme: Leadership and institutions; Civil society and politics
In early January, having been involved in evacuations on the south coast, finally back at home in Canberra, windows sealed in a vain attempt to keep the smoke from creeping through any crack, air purifier buzzing away, my youngest daughter, Miriam and I were talking about the events of the recent weeks. The heartache, loss, anger, bewilderment at the forces of nature. A cry goes up from the human heart about such things that overwhelm us. We seek a greater wisdom; a remedy and balm for our troubled and anxious spirits. Some may be drawn to pray, perhaps for the first time. What shall we pray? My daughter captured this move well: ‘I think about prayer as a kind of divine poetics. I can’t think of anything else that could possibly change the hearts and minds of people … This is why prayer is so necessary; it moves beyond the cerebral and into the actual human experience and our connection with God and the earth’.
19 Dec 2019 | Author: James Haire | Theme: The Arts, Sciences and Culture; Religions and dialogue
Not only is Ken Crispin a most distinguished jurist, Queen’s Counsel, advocate, judge, doctor of philosophy, author and polymath, he is also a truly renaissance man, and this is a remarkable book. Let me tell you why.
29 Nov 2019 | Author: Michael Gladwin | Theme: Civil society and politics; Public theology and ethics
Michael Gladwin provides an encomium of the newly published First Know Your Enemy: Comprehending Imperial German War Aims & Deciphering the Enigma of Kultur by John A. Moses and Peter Overlack
26 Sep 2019 | Author: Toni Hassan | Theme: Public theology and ethics; The Arts, Sciences and Culture
Without thinking about it much, children mimic their parents. It was when my husband — a veteran journalist — and I found ourselves glued to our phones for work at home, and tweeting compulsively, that I began to worry about what it was teaching our kids.
26 Sep 2019 | Author: Toni Hassan | Theme: Civil society and politics; Leadership and institutions
Toni Hassan argues that remarks by controversial radio DJ Alan Jones represent a public health issue and that he should be taken off air.