Direct action and the power of prayer

FRIDAY FORUM

REV ALEX SANGSTER

Throughout that past two months I have taken part in two acts of non-violent direct action that involved prayer.

In July, I was one of eight representatives of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) network that staged a sit-in prayer vigil occupying the entrance area of the office of Environment Minister Josh ...

Rohingya protesters call for end of “genocide”


Members and supporters of the Rohingya community staged a passionate demonstration in central Melbourne on Thursday morning to highlight the “genocide” being committed against their people in Myanmar and call on the Australian government to do more to stop the humanitarian tragedy.

Morning rush hour commuters near the Spring St end of Collins St were confronted by ...

Faith leaders unite for climate action

Representatives from different faith communities gathered outside Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday to call for stronger bipartisan action on climate change.

The demonstration was part of the Community Climate Petition, a grassroots campaign spearheaded by faith communities throughout Australia.

Faith leaders from Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Quaker and Muslim communities prayed together on the front lawn of ...

UCA members asked for views on assisted dying


The synod’s Justice and International Mission unit is calling on church members to share their views on voluntary assisted dying as the Victorian government prepares to introduce a Dying with Dignity Bill into parliament later this year.

The proposed Bill will allow people experiencing unbearable pain as a result of a terminal illness to access medical intervention ...

‘God says yes’: The Christians calling for marriage equality


The vocal and well-resourced campaign to vote ‘no’ in the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey is harmful and does not represent the majority view of Christians, an advocacy group claims.

A small group gathered at Brunswick Uniting Church in Melbourne’s inner north on Friday last week for an Australian​ ​Christians​ ​for​ ​Marriage​ ​Equality campaign launch, which followed ...

Why Christians should gather at a round table

FRIDAY FORUM

It took me awhile before I finally found and bought my dining table. My specifications were: it must be round and big enough for at least eight people. A round table is much easier to share food (the Chinese usually place all the food in the centre of the table and share). By the way, I ...

Going the distance with champion 84-year-old swimmer

John Davey offers a simple explanation of why he won the 3km open water freestyle gold medal in the 80 to 84-year-old age category at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships held in Budapest, Hungary earlier this month.

“The longer it is the better I go,” Mr Davey said.

Mr Davey, who was born in 1932 and turns 85 in ...

Working and weaving together

VicTas Moderator Rev Sharon Hollis joined with the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne on Tuesday night to launch a historic ecumenical agreement between the Uniting and Anglican churches.

Weaving a New Cloth is the first agreement signed between the two churches in nearly 30 years.

The document outlines opportunities for shared hospitality, mission and witness between the two churches.

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Some unpalatable home truths


A leading social researcher says that if, as a new report argues, the Great Australian Dream home ownership continues to exclude many younger and poorer people it will have profound effects on treasured notions of Australia as an egalitarian place of the fair go with strong grassroots communities.

Mark McCrindle, who heads social research firm company McCrindle, ...

We can do better than this cruel treatment


The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has condemned plans to cut federal government support from a group of asylum seekers living in the Australian community.

Widespread media reports suggest that several hundred asylum seekers transferred to Australia from offshore detention for medical reasons will be placed on new category ‘Final Departure Bridging ...