Some First Thoughts on the Marriage Survey

Well, Australia has voted “yes” in the much-debated Postal Survey on marriage. As I write this the Prime Minister is addressing a press conference speaking about an “overwhelming”, “emphatic” and “unequivocal” decision. The actual result was 61.6% in favour on a turnout of 79.5% (12,727,920 people voted). So let’s be clear on a few things: […]

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SEC Motion: Dean Raffel’s Speech as Proposer

from sydneyanglicans.net Across the Anglican communion churches are trying to work out how best to love people of diverse sexual orientation. This is important because all people are made in God’s image; and God hates nothing that he has made. It is important because all people are to be valued honoured and loved not only because they are […]

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Shaken over the Shaking of Hands?

A handshake can be a powerful thing. I grew up learning that “a gentleman’s word is his bond” and that my handshake was the guarantee of that word. Handshakes symbolise the beginning or renewal of relationships so the refusal to shake hands can be seen as being anti-relationship and therefore insulting. This week I spent […]

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No More Thomases

Today is the feast day of Thomas, patron saint of all doubters, apparently. I want to gently disagree. Actually, who are we kidding? I want to disagree strongly. Thomas is the patron saint of the end of doubt. Here’s the Anglican collect for today: ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who for the more confirmation of the faith […]

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