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The Problem with Race

It is difficult to imagine a more contentious topic than race in today’s society. Being American by birth, it is difficult for me to read any news without seeing troubling stories of my homeland being constantly plagued by racial tension. Violence, protests, police brutality, blaming, shaming, and disorder—all in the name of what? Race is difficult not just because it is so emotive, but even more so because it is so ambiguous and problematic as a concept. Race is difficult not just because it is so emotive, but even more so because it is so ambiguous and problematic as a...

The Conversation on Banning and Enforcing Conversion

While we have been addressing a global pandemic, there is another issue which continues to quietly work behind the scenes. One of the Victorian Government commitments is to introduce legislation to ban conversion practices. They reaffirmed their intention as recently as June 2020 in the Discussion Paper for the Victorian LGBTIQ Strategy.  Victoria had a reputation for wanting to be the vanguard for progressive sexual ethics in Australia. In recent weeks both the ACT and Queensland have pushed through Bills to prohibit conversion practices ahead of Victoria. It is not only the States that are considering the issue. Last week The Conversation published...

Christians in a Fragile Democracy: An Interview with John Anderson

Tuesday 15th September marks International Democracy Day, and there’s a lot of concern over the state of democracies both here and abroad. To reflect on this from a Christian perspective, TGCA spoke with John Anderson, a former Deputy PM, and now social commentator. (N.B. This is an edited version of the interview – the full video interview will be up this weekend on TGCA’s FB page and Instagram TV). TGCA: What should Christians think of democracy in general? Christians should be deeply thankful for democracy. It is the only political system devised by man with the unique capacity to reflect...

The Beijing Declaration 25 years on

1995: an Ebola virus epidemic in Zaire had a death rate of 81 percent, the internet was privatised for the first time, and Braveheart won Best picture and Best director at the Academy Awards. In Beijing, starting on the 15th September, the Fourth World Conference on Women set an agenda for women’s rights which was unanimously adopted by representatives from 189 nations: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This document promoted equality, freedom and opportunities for women and girls everywhere. It continues to be a global framework for feminist activism 25 years later. Sadly, gender inequality remains a problem...

R U Ok? Like, Really?

Dear friend, There are times in life when words fail me, when I don’t know what to say. This may be one of those times. You see, I don’t have the right descriptors for this year. No word really covers it. 2020 has been, well, frustrating, lonely, disconnected, and worse—like some dystopian novel. Okay, it seems some words are available, or at least some imagery. But it’s been challenging hasn’t it? And so, I’m sorry. I’m sorry this year has been like this. I’m sorry I haven’t seen you. I’m sorry I’ve been disconnected. This microscopic super-virus has made fools...

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