To question the sacralized version of violent history and ‘salvation’ embodied in the ANZAC weekend celebrations in Australia and New Zealand is to risk being accused of ‘blasphemy’ and causing great offence, says Jarrod McKenna. Yet Christians have to risk offending in order to witness to the nonviolent overcoming we encounter and are changed by in Christ’s cross, and to point a better way forward for humanity.
Australian Quakers have agreed to lobby their government for a change in the law so that same-sex couples can marry on an equal basis to mixed-sex couples. The news follows a similar decision by British Quakers last year.
An estimated 1.5 million people welcomed in 2010 around Sydney harbour, in what organisers call the biggest New Year's Eve show in the world - but one where great efforts had been made to emphasise green values.
An Australian church leader has strongly criticised one of the country's largest financial institutions for providing financial support to an international firm that manufactures cluster bombs despite an international ban on them.
The Micah Challenge coalition in Australia has welcomed the government’s continued commitment to overseas development in the 2009-10 aid budget announced on 13 May, but says that there is a long way to go in securing justice for the poor.
Churches of all denominations across Australia have initiated prayers and practical support for bushfire victims in Victoria, where some 200 people have died in the deadliest disaster in Australian history.