Roundup: Faith and beauty, Uniting Church and First Peoples, Woody Allen, religious freedom

Roundup: Faith and beauty, Uniting Church and First Peoples, Woody Allen, religious freedom

The shape of things to come

Many Christians are either indifferent to beauty or suspicious of its snares, content to worship in tacky churches and amuse themselves with cultural products that are well-meaning but distinctly second-rate. Few Americans think of religion as a great wellspring of aesthetic achievement anymore and the Christian message is vastly weaker for it.

The First Peoples are ‘us’

Improbably, uncomfortably, but wonderfully we have recognised that we are one body in Christ after all. And “if one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26). That’s what the Assembly was doing on the steps of the South Australian Parliament House. The Assembly wasn’t meddling in politics – it was being itself, the church.

The remarkably moral Woody Allen

What I found utterly remarkable about To Rome With Love is how its  writer and director consistently and energetically insisted that simple love should triumph over glitz, glamour and ephemeral pleasure.

Religious freedom report

World is sliding backwards, Clinton says.

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