Roundup: Indigenous religion, ideas for Easter, church as performance space, Dawkins, relevance, same-sex marriage
“When it comes to belief, practice or even the most elementary knowledge of the Bible, it is clear that faith is a spent force in the UK, and it is time our policy-makers woke up to that reality and stopped trying to impose beliefs on society that society itself has largely rejected.”
“A positive, post-Christendom perspective suggests that Christianity can and should flourish beyond the demise of ‘big religion’, and that a level-playing field in public life can and should involve both religious and non-religious participants.”
The Uniting Church has been wrestling with this issue since the 1980s. The president of the church’s national assembly is the Rev. Alistair McRae and he explained the current official position of the Uniting Church on same-sex marriage.
To embrace relevance, mainline churches need to let go of survival.
Sydney churches, once restricted to worship and whispered confessions, have been transformed into live performance spaces. But not just any band is allowed to play. They may only perform with the blessing of the church’s council.
Lent and Easter are quickly approaching. If you’ve been racking your brain for ideas (or just procrastinating), we have you covered.
With the help of participants from several regions of the world a World Council of Churches consultation recently looked at Christian self-understanding in the context of indigenous spiritual traditions.