A common question asked of people of religious faith is ‘how can there be a God if there is so much suffering and evil in the world?’ Bob Carr raised this objection in the Good Weekend recently (23/06/2018). Sometimes this question is a genuine one, asked as people wrestle with the stark realities of pain and tragedy and consider the possibility...

This week the ugly reality that some Christian communities in Australia endorse violence against women has (again) been exposed. Not only is violence condoned in these communities, but people who are women and people who are men are told that only one segment of their communities, those people who are men, ‘naturally’ have the right to make decisions and to...

Over the last few weeks appalling images of suffering have been beaming into our homes from Syria. We see innocent people caught in the crossfire of devastating violence. Human ugliness is on full display in this violence and our hope can be drained. However, at the same time, people from across different faiths and cultures are also responding with compassion and...

Like so many people around our country, I have been reeling this week from the devastating images of the sustained, institutional abuse of young people in juvenile detention in the Northern Territory. The reality that the majority of these young people are Indigenous Australians yet again confronts us with the racism that lurks so closely under the skin of our...

I recently participated in the ANZATS  - the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools - Annual Conference. This conference brings together a wide variety of academics - from vastly different denominations - speaking on various aspects of Christian theology and life. The keynote speaker this year was Rev Dr Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in New York...