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We Call Workers ‘Essential’ – But Is That Just The Work, Not The People?

THE CONVERSATION By this point in the coronavirus pandemic, you’ve probably heard a lot about “essential workers.” They’re the people working in hospitals and grocery stores, on farms and in meatpacking plants. They’re keeping public transit, shipping and utilities running. But is “essential” describing the workers themselves? Or only the work they do? Right now, […]

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I’d Be Sceptical If I Were You – Joan Chittister

(The writer below is Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. Joan is a best-selling author and well-known international lecturer on topics of justice, peace, human rights, women’s issues and contemporary spirituality in the church and in society. She presently serves as the co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of […]

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Justice As Care

Christopher Marshall: Late last year, I was asked to contribute to an interdisciplinary seminar on the theme of care. Speakers were drawn from a variety of fields, ranging from nursing to geology to plant sciences to, in my case, restorative justice. Each was asked to reflect briefly on how care featured in their personal work […]

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Should clergy keep out of politics?

Australian life was robust and lively in the days when religion — notably, the Catholic Church — was a major player in Labor politics. And though the religious aspect has declined, it still erupts from time to time. American politics, by contrast, doggedly retains its religious dimension, and American clergy are not reticent to use […]

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Populism And The Politics Of Jesus

  We are pleased to share this lecture by Angus Ritchie in which he exposes the fake populism in which wealth and power remains in the hands of elites. He explores fears prevalent among the churches of the ‘multitude’ and finds that the politics of Jesus places the poor at the heart of the church. In doing so […]

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Soft-hearted ScoMo, Hard-line ScoMo and Islamophobia In Australia

Paul Tyson In response to the atrocities at Christchurch, the grief and solidarity expressed by Ms Ardern has deeply moved us all. She has led her nation in rejecting a sense of otherness towards their traumatized Islamic fellow citizens. Instead, we see their suffering human sameness. Through Jacinda, New Zealand embraces and seeks to console […]

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OUR MODERN DISCONNECTEDNESS

We are delighted to have permission from Luigino Bruni to share this article which was originally published by Scott Stephens on the ABC Religion and Ethics website in the summer of 2017. From Authenticity to Artificiality … and Back? Can the Market Heal the Wound It Inflicted? “We can love nothing but what agrees with […]

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The Loneliness Of The Anonymous Neighbour

Many sociologists have argued that increasing anonymity in American society is tied to decreasing trust. According to one recent survey, only three in 10 Americans trust others. That same anonymity is also likely responsible for increased rates of loneliness. Despite heightened digital connectivity via social media, loneliness rates have doubled since the 1980s, from 20 percent […]

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Unconditional belonging: Reconnecting human rights and religious conviction

By Rowen Williams The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is unquestionably a landmark in the history of moral consciousness, one of the factors that has consistently given hope and purpose to political life throughout the globe since it first saw the light of day in 1948. It has offered a global benchmark for identifying injustices to those […]

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Pain and Powerlessness: Understanding the Evil of Torture

David Luban When the U.S. Department of Justice’s secret torture memos were released in 2009, journalist Kathleen Parker wrote in the Washington Post: “Several years ago, I asked a veteran journalist for advice. ‘I’m trying to figure out if I have an ethical conflict’, I began. “‘If you have to ask, you do’, he said …” […]

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Jeff Sessions And Romans 13: A Brief Bible Study

CHRISTIANITY TODAY – To see a senior government official using the Bible to justify a clearly iniquitous policy is deeply uncomfortable. It plays into a narrative that’s increasingly been a feature of the Trump administration – that Christians have been bought with the promise of power. Now it’s payback time: Christians thought they could use the […]

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How Jeff Sessions Reads Romans 13 And How My Sunday School Class Does

CHRISTIAN CENTURY – The Bible is a weapon in the hands of coercive power. Jeff Sessions, like other tyrants before him, utilizes scripture for the good of the empire, to keep people silent, in line, submissive. As I looked around my Sunday school class on the day we studied Romans 13, I saw the people for […]

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