Don't let the Apology's great hope die

Don't let the Apology's great hope die

Andrew Hamilton

 

eurekastreet.com.au | 8 February 2018

Ten years have passed since the Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples by Kevin Rudd on behalf of Parliament and the nation. It seems longer. It was a time of great hope. Today, with respect to Indigenous affairs as to much else, fewer people hold great hope that anything good can come out of Canberra.

Beyond Australia Day

Beyond Australia Day

Glenn Loughrey

ethos.org.au | 5 February 2018

Australia Day is offensive because it represents the ongoing genocide of Aboriginal People. And all non-indigenous people, including churches, are complicit because they are beneficiaries of stolen land and participants in the destruction of culture, language and spirituality that continues today. But we need more than a change of date or an apology; we need a cessation of hostilities, reparation and treaty.

Endangered Habitat: Why the soul needs silence

Endangered Habitat: Why the soul needs silence

Stephanie Bennett

plough.com | January 2018

Silence is a necessary counter to the relentless preoccupation of our multitasking minds – something that should provide a contra­puntal rhythm to the steady beat of our busy human brains. Just as we are wise to protect the earth’s vulnerable woodlands from overdevelopment, so we must protect the sanctuary of our interior lives. Speech, relationships, the soul: they begin with, and are sustained by, silence.

Embrace the Pain: Living with the Repugnant

Embrace the Pain: Living with the Repugnant

Alan Jacobs

abc.net.au/religion | 2 February 2018

There are few things our social order needs more right now than political creativity. We have been locked for far too long into the same reductive set of simplistic oppositions. The task of universities is to understand the pain that inevitably accompanies learning, to try to prevent the accretion of harm, and to steer those who experience that pain towards finding benefit in it.

    Awaiting the King: An Interview with James K. A. Smith

    Awaiting the King: An Interview with James K. A. Smith

    Stephanie Summers

    cpjustice.org | January 2018

    James K. A. Smith talks about his newest book, Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology, the culminating book in his acclaimed Cultural Liturgies project.

    Summers and Smith discussed a wide range of ideas including the deformative powers of culture on us as Christians, our society’s move away from a sense of a shared life together, and how the church can be a community of political formation in which worship is central. His book provides a number of thought-provoking starting points that our writers will discuss in this series that explores Christian political formation in a pluralistic society.

    It’s convenient to say Aboriginal people support Australia Day. But it’s not true

    It’s convenient to say Aboriginal people support Australia Day. But it’s not true

    Jack Latimore

    theguardian.com | 22 January 2018

    26th January is steeped in the blood of violent dispossession, of attempted genocide, of enduring trauma. And there is a shared understanding that there has been no conclusion of the white colonial project when it comes to the commonwealth’s approach to Indigenous people. Our sentiment in regards to 26 January a recent phenomenon.