News round-up: June 24
Dami Im swaps stadiums for slums
Despite scoring loads of international attention for finishing second in Eurovision 2016, Australian pop sensation Dami Im rejected her management’s advice and didn’t tour the world. Instead, she held to a commitment she made before Eurovision, to visit Ugandan slums as an ambassador for charity Compassion. According to reports, Im (who is a Christian) didn’t want to become a “big greedy monster” and chose to spend time after Eurovision with her Ugandan sponsor children, as well as many others living in poverty.
Horror movie smash-hit written by Christians
You might not have raced out to cinemas to see it but The Conjuring 2 is a low-budget horror movie that’s been doing big business at cinemas around the world. The second in a movie series based on a real-life Christian couple who claimed to be exorcists, The Conjuring 2 also was written by Christians. Chad and Carey Hills don’t think Christians must flee from horror movies. Instead, “we love doing true stories of where good conquers evil. Conjuring 2 is a story told through the eyes of believers, whose strongest weapon is their faith in God. Our film allows believers and non-believers to travel their journey with them, and in some ways, maybe affect someone who is on the edge of faith, and somehow give them the strength they need.”
Christian club opens in Jamaica
Partying in the name of Jesus? With a reputation for being chilled-out and fun-loving (despite the intense poverty that affects much of its population), Jamaica recently became the home of a “Christian party series”. The organisers of these events said the series “seeks to expose young adult Christians to the amazing range of gospel music that exists in an environment which allows for clean, wholesome and, most important, enjoyable entertainment without compromising godly standards.”
“Mark No Religion” campaign kicks off ahead of 2016 Census
The latest Australian Census will be conducted in August and the Atheist Foundation of Australia is calling for people to mark “No Religion” when it comes to their faith. As reported by Eternity newspaper, the AFA wants Australians to state they are Christian only if their beliefs align with the ancient statement of faith, the Nicene Creed. “The position of the Atheist Foundation of Australia is that no one should consider themselves Christian if they do not accept the basic tenets of the Nicene Creed – or at the very least, they should reflect upon whether there are good enough reasons as to why they consider themselves Christian,” the AFA’s website says.