Roundup: Pokie reform, Christian viewpoints, Advent, hope
If you’re legitimately against mandatory pre-commitment because you believe the seconds it will take you to determine how much you are prepared to lose on a high-loss machine are more valuable than helping those with a problem, then your mind is made. If you have your doubts because of something you’ve heard, read or seen – seek out the right information, from reputable sources – your fellow Australians deserve that much.
Australian Christian Lobby does not represent all Australian Christians, nor all Christian viewpoints
The Executive of the Victorian Council of Churches has expressed dismay at the one-sided view of Christianity portrayed in the Australian media.
Our jumping the gun on Christmas before Advent is even properly underway is regrettable not so much because it violates a hard and fast rule regarding liturgical propriety but because it robs us of the gift of inhabiting fully a season of deep and necessary paradox – a lack in the life of faith that many church-goers feel keenly.
Beatriz Skippen, UnitingCare Community Prison Chaplain, speaks about what hope means to her.