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One Last Magnificent Porous Day

For one brief day the world was porous again. For one brief day we recognised that the invisible world still leaks into the visible. For one brief day—perhaps one final day—transcendence was admitted into the public square in the modern western world, and we all stood and acknowledged it. For one brief day, the immanent frame of our secular imaginary was peeled back and we were given a vision—albeit in shadow form—of what true majesty might look like. And for one brief day, the nation—indeed billions around the world—watched as a Queen, whose every fibre acknowledged that transcendence, was honoured...

Responding to ‘Rainbow Days’ at School

Last year a new Principal started at our children’s school. One of her first initiatives was to hold Wear It Purple Day in the high school—a decision that has had a huge knock-on effect at the school and in our family. Since then, the school has added other ‘rainbow’ days to the calendar, such as the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia in May. ‘With Wear It Purple Day coming up again soon, I’m sure our family is not the only one facing the dilemma: how should Christian parents and children respond to ‘rainbow’ days at school? What is...

Global Liveability and the Peril of Prosperity

The Economist’s annual global liveability index was released last month, highlighting the ‘world’s ‘most liveable’ cities. The index combines a variety of qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure, to generate its ratings. These are then ranked to find the most and the least liveable cities in the world. According to the 2022 results, the Austrian capital Vienna is the world’s most liveable city followed by Copenhagen in Denmark and Zurich in Switzerland. Western Europe and Canada dominate the most liveable cities, filling 8 of the top 10 places. Melbourne was...

What’s in a Rainbow?

On the back of “Pride Month”, and with the latest controversy involving the Manly Sea Eagles Football Club jersey, the rainbow is a prominent and popular symbol in today’s society. This symbol of LGBTI+ pride has been around literally as long as I have been alive. Back in 1978, at the request of the first openly gay politician in California, Harvey Milk, the gay artist and drag queen Gilbert Baker designed the first rainbow flag. Baker explained, “Our job as gay people was to come out, to be visible, to live in the truth, as I say, to get out...

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