Roundup: Christmas Island, Japan, Asia Sunday, Facebook and making music with iPhone

Roundup: Christmas Island, Japan, Asia Sunday, Facebook and making music with iPhone

Worship on iPhone

Christian musicians use the iPhone to show that the church has come a long way from using lyres, harps and cymbals.

Detention on Christmas Island must end

The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed its horror at the excessive use of force against asylum seekers on Christmas Island.

It’s time to end mandatory detention system

The Australian Human Rights Commission has expressed concern about recent incidents on Christmas Island, during which tear gas and ‘bean-bag bullets’ were used against asylum-seekers in immigration detention.

We must pray and act for Japan

The immediate challenge today is to allow the images and the stories from Japan to make us more connected with the world around us.

Getting positively critical about ‘religion’

Academics at the University of Stirling, and the beliefs and values think-tank Ekklesia, have teamed up to promote a new research agenda and blog entitled Critical Religion, which aims to put hot topics under a careful spotlight.

Make us healers, O God!

This year Asia Sunday falls on June 5. The Christian Conference of Asia has prepared a Worship Resource Guide on the theme “Make Us Healers, O God”, the churches’ prayer in the light of calamities in Asia.

Novel approaches to second coming

US writer James Frey and British author John Niven will both publish books imagining return of Messiah to contemporary New York.

Church life in Facebook land

“There are people who still do not realize that if you’re not online, or if you are not on Facebook, you do not exist for lots of people today. Your church simply does not exist.”

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