Roundup: UC Super, sexism, Simone Weil, Sojourners discriminating, Indigenous experiences, gay clergy
Welfare lobbyists have welcomed a $6-a-week boost to the income of the low-paid in today’s budget, but workers at the coalface have dismissed it as only enough to buy a box of cereal.
The trend towards consolidation is continuing in the superannuation industry, with Non-Government Schools Super (NGS Super) announcing its intention to merge with UC Super.
Centuries after it was enshrined in the Bible, woman-bashing as law and public morality is still a cornerstone of the West’s unshakeable faith.
Simone Weil saw in the Lord’s Prayer that Christ taught his disciples the way of perfection, the way of surrender, the way of understanding, so that all our desires may become the one true desire and that even our worst afflictions will, one day, be healed.
In recent years, American society has made significant strides forward towards full equality for LGBT persons. Tragically, the church has lagged well behind. Clearly, there is more work to be done.
“At an even deeper level of ‘welcoming’ and ‘affirming’, which have become such code words for competing positions, we believe Jesus would have us be ‘loving’ first and foremost.”
Wallis “no longer speaks for us”.
In ministries with Indigenous peoples that seek to incorporate traditional music, dance, ceremony and art, leaders are gathering intergenerational and intercultural groups for positive experiences in churches.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is poised to approve the ordination of homosexuals as clergy, a development that would be another milestone in the acceptance of gays and lesbians in churches.