20 Apr 2022 | Author: Bishop Philip Huggins | Theme: Civil society and politics; Leadership and institutions
Today's report is that Australia's Climate change isolationism has driven a further fall in the global ranking of how nations are responding to global warming. Our nation, which should be a leader by virtue of our relative wealth and natural advantages, has fallen from 35 to 52 and is in a group called ‘climate laggards’
14 Apr 2022 | Author: | Theme: Public theology and ethics; Religions and dialogue
Forgiveness from the heart is profoundly beneficial and very demanding. That is why the Cross is such an enduring symbol. Both on Good Friday and then, thankfully, the Easter Sunday Cross, garlanded with flowers.
14 Apr 2022 | Author: Bishop Philip Huggins | Theme: Civil society and politics; Public theology and ethics
If people feel our institutions are corrupted, unfair, unsafe and unaccountable, then democracy falters. People feel less safe. Social cohesion fragments. There is a perception that this is what we are seeing take place. A media which focuses on conflict stories amplifies this perception.
21 Jan 2022 | Author: John Hendry, Philip Huggins, Hugh Kempster, and Felicity McCallum | Theme: Civil society and politics; Public theology and ethics
The recent loss of Archbishop Desmond Tutu is being sorely felt throughout the world. Tutu’s life was devoted to opposing apartheid and racial injustice in favour of reconciliation and forgiveness. We often hear that anger and revenge are deeply ingrained in the human psyche, yet Tutu reminded us that there is also the capacity for kindness, forgiveness, compassion, and mercy. In particular, forgiveness is essential to meaningful human relationships precisely because of the way it creates the conditions for healing. Forgiveness not only sets us free from the toxicity of resentment, it also licences us to be kind and to “give-for” a better future.
12 Jan 2022 | Author: Dr Douglas Hynd | Theme: Civil society and politics; Leadership and institutions
If the government of the United Kingdom decides to follow the Australian policy of offshore
processing refugees offshore, a strong theological response will be needed to underpin sustained
practical resistance to such a policy.