Section Archive: Opinion

Disappearing lands and displacement: where do these people ‘fit’?

At the heart of these global crises is the fate of the whole of God’s Creation, writes Sister Veronica McDougall.

Posted on: September 18, 2019

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A ritual of lament

“When we hurt physically, we cry out in pain; when we hurt religiously, we cry out in lament.”

Posted on: August 20, 2019

Lay church leadership is realised one slippery rock at a time

Pauline Connelly reflects on the challenges of lay leadership at a time when the church’s hierarchy and structures are being destabilised.

Posted on: May 14, 2019

Panel of Women

#BalanceforBetter – Women and the Church

International Women’s Day shone a light on the need for a better gender balance across all areas of society. Women are also calling for a greater role in the leadership...

Posted on: March 19, 2019

I don't want slaves working for me

With Lent almost upon us, Sarah’s 2015 opinion piece encourages us to consider our relationship with people down the supply chain of the goods we buy.

Posted on: February 20, 2019

Real people with gifts, stories and hopes

Walking with people who are seeking protection in Australia has allowed me to meet and learn from the most amazingly diverse, generous and inspiring people I’ve ever known, says Sister...

Posted on: December 12, 2018

Mary and the lost art of waiting

In our contemporary, connected world, that delicious down time, that lovely space created by waiting seems to have been crowded with production, writes Natalie Acton.

Posted on: November 21, 2018

Eighteen and homeless

Never did I fear turning 18, writes Ashleigh Green. For Tenille, who I met two years ago, the thought of turning 18 made her stomach tighten and ache.

Posted on: October 17, 2018

We're losing touch with the art of listening

Listening for Benedictines isn’t a passive endeavour. It is an act of will, of paying attention, writes Judith Valente.

Posted on: September 19, 2018

A revolution that starts in the heart

An afternoon with poets and writers delivered Natalie Acton with “an unexpected and precious gift”. “I think I’d experienced… what Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister names as having an ‘unboundaried heart’.”

Posted on: August 15, 2018

High school prophets

Despite how scandal-ridden the Church is in Australia and throughout the Western world, Beth Doherty sees signs of hope from unexpected sources. But will we listen to them, she asks.

Posted on: June 20, 2018

Where to now for Christianity in the West?

The great enterprise of articulating the Christian faith within the story of the universe awaits us in the third millennium, writes Kevin Treston.

Posted on: May 16, 2018