Australia

  • April 23, 2010

    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.

  • April 2, 2010

    A group of peace activists inspired by the example of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer have successfully infiltrated a secret Australian military base on Swan Island.

  • March 17, 2010

    Church leaders have taken to eating curries to support campaigns to overcome violence and racism against Indian students living in Australia.

  • March 10, 2010

    Australia - described in the 19th century by a Scottish church minister as "the most Godless place under heaven" - will get its first Catholic saint later this year.

  • January 19, 2010

    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.

  • January 1, 2010

    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.

  • November 7, 2009

    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.

  • September 16, 2009

    Australia is being challenged by church and development campaigners to give more focus to environmental sustainability issues as part of its Millennium Development goals pledge.

  • May 14, 2009

    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.

  • February 11, 2009

    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.