The Chaplaincy Wars

The Chaplaincy Wars

The term chaplains turns the mind to wartime. And while Australia’s schools may be embattled, we’re not in the trenches. For those who are already up on the chaplaincy debate, look away now – this paragraph provides a bit of background for those who are not in the...
For the love of God: rip and roll

For the love of God: rip and roll

One of Queensland’s biggest stories in the past week was the furore over the Rip and Roll ad campaign. The safe sex ads showing two men, fully clothed, hugging and holding a condom, were removed by ad company Adshel under pressure from the Australian Christian Lobby....
Living with soul keeps you young

Living with soul keeps you young

If you needed any more reason to make spirituality part of every day, the scientists have come to the rescue. An article in The Observer (and reprinted in QWeekend magazine 21-22 May) ‘How meditation might ward off the effects of ageing’ reports on data from the...
Want some advice?

Want some advice?

Weekend Australian columnist Ruth Ostrow offered a riff on advice and judgment this week. It’s a touchy topic, especially amongst parents with young children. Push a stroller into a busy supermarket or shopping mall and it won’t be too long before a complete stranger...
Coffee, reflection and the weekend papers

Coffee, reflection and the weekend papers

I had a brainwave on the weekend. I feel much better now, thank you, but what I’ve decided to do from now on is write a post on a story in the weekend’s papers each week. These days I don’t necessarily and consistently get to read the papers during the week, so...