More Same-Sex Blessings motions fail to pass in Australian Synods

This past weekend saw synods in the metropolitan dioceses of Melbourne and Adelaide here in Australia. We’ve previously reported on the proposed motions there (Melbourne, Adelaide) to provide for blessings of same-sex marriages contracted by civil celebrants. As is becoming clear, these motions are part of a coordinated campaign across the whole country. In both […]

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Why the Monarchy isn’t Going Away

You have to have a fair degree of sympathy for Australian republicans at the moment. The narrative isn’t really going with them. Support for the royals in Australia doesn’t appear to be waning, even though it consistently lags a little behind those who want to see change. The breach in the walls of support that […]

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What Would Jesus Do? Donate His Whole Body, Of Course

There’s a little bit of (very cleverly manufactured) outrage over this new ad promoting organ donation. The concept is quite cute: the soldiers crucifying Jesus ask him whether he’d consider being a donor. It’s a little confrontational, as the soldier himself acknowledges… We get it, no-one wants to talk about death… So how should Christians […]

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And That Is What Some Of You Were … except in Melbourne

Melbourne diocese’s upcoming synod has a motion seeking to ban all reparative therapy for people experiencing same-sex attraction; the so-called “gay conversion therapy”. Here’s the full text of the motion: 21 Conversion Therapy That Synod a)  acknowledges that all people are made in the image of God, regardless of sexuality or gender identity b)  endorses […]

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