How the church messed up with Aboriginal Australians

This image by Jacqui Stewart is entitled “Hope Beyond the Window”. As an Australian Christian I find it very confronting. Here is an interpretation of the image that Jacqui passed on through her blog: ‘The above piece of work depicts the scene of half-caste Aboriginal children sitting in front of the church they were taken too afterContinue reading “How the church messed up with Aboriginal Australians”

What is distinctive about Australian art?

As an Australian who is interested in exploring more contextual expressions of Christianity I feel an obvious question I must ask is, is there anything distinctive about Australian art, and if so, what? I can’t say I have a definitive answer but I have noted a number of sources drawing attention to an early shiftContinue reading “What is distinctive about Australian art?”

The Australian Soul

I thought I would share with you some interesting observations made by Gary Bouma in “Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century.” Although he made them back in 2006 I think they are still highly accurate and relevant. He writes: A society’s religious institution sets the levels of religious belief and practice requiredContinue reading “The Australian Soul”

Aboriginal Christian Art from Western Australia

This picture comes from Western Australia, courtesy of a friend of mine. He writes: “Hi Matt, Was thinking of you. We were in W.A 2 weeks ago and went to New Norcia.  Was profoundly impressed in that in the 19thc they genuinely respected the Aboriginals and genuinely tried to incarnate the Gospel to them. TheContinue reading “Aboriginal Christian Art from Western Australia”

Aboriginal Christian Painting of the Trinity and the People of God

“Wapirra Trinity” by Clarise Nampijinpa Poulson. An Aboriginal Art website explains the image this way: “Her work of art contains, from top to bottom, the following Wapirra (Trinity) Jukurrpa. As usual in the iconography used at Yuendumu, humans are represented by U-forms. Inside the brown, nearly closed arc at the top of the painting are peopleContinue reading “Aboriginal Christian Painting of the Trinity and the People of God”

Church for Athiests now in Australia

Surfing through some of the comments on The Spirit of Things website I learned that The Sunday Assembly, described by a member of the Atheist Society as “a Hillsong for non-believers”, has set up a daughter organisation in Melbourne, Australia. Following this up I learned the local founder is comedian and writer Pippa Evans. I findContinue reading “Church for Athiests now in Australia”