Opinions expressed in these blogs are the views of the author, not necessarily those of the Presbyterian Church in NSW or of the Gospel, Society, and Culture Committee.
NSW election – please leave your cynicism at the door
Why AMY BUTLER is taking a carload of teenagers to vote in Saturday’s election
Essendon-Thorburn: How to join the conversation
What happens when a Christian’s values clash with workplace values? Andrew Thorburn decided to resign from his new job at a football club one day after starting work. KAMAL WEERAKOON, a GS&C committee member, takes up the issue, provides the facts behind the Essendon Football Club-Andrew Thorburn imbroglio and offers some helpful conversation primers for you to consider.
New resource for Bible study groups
Facing Death: From Dust to Dust is an important new resource designed for Bible Study groups. Together, you will explore what the Bible says about death and share some of your own experiences.
Help for parents with teens – video series
Helping parents, ministry workers and others connect with the teen experience of depression and anxiety is the focus of a series of videos produced by Gospel, Society and Culture (GS&C) and Prebyterian Youth (PY).
Abortion back in focus
The US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade and give responsibility to the States, has triggered a worldwide response. If you’re looking for a Christian perspective on abortion, this Gospel Society and Culture paper answers many questions.
COVID vaccines for children – Q&A to help parents
COVID-19 vaccinations for children can cause parents concerns. NALINI PATHER answers questions to help you navigate the issue.
Masks not required – but should I wear one anyway?
Masks are no longer required in most situations, including in church. But as the pandemic surges again the mask issue is worth revisiting. Benjamin Shuhyta* prepared this Q&A earlier in the pandemic to help you work through the issues, especially regarding attendance at church.
COVID update – 5 videos to help you navigate key issues
Here are 5 G,S&C-produced videos and documents from the 2021 COVID update seminar, covering Health, Govt Engagement and more
COVID Pandemic survey – Part 4 of a special G,S&C report – church strategies are helpful and still needed
Here’s the fourth, final report on the survey conducted last month on how our church communities are coping during this pandemic.
COVID pandemic survey – Part 3 of a special G,S&C report – Children
It’s no surprise that we are concerned about our children during COVID. In this the third report from our survey, we dig deeper about what you think..
COVID pandemic survey – Part 2 of a special G,S&C report – Mental resilience
There are many reasons to feel anxious during COVID. The G,S&C survey reveals which issues have caused you the most – and least – concern
Covid pandemic survey – Part 1 of a special G,S&C report
Three quarters of respondents to the G,S&C survey did not think COVID was having a negative effect on their personal Christian life. That was the good news …
COVID index to help you find G,S&C resources
The G,S&C has produced a significant body of work since the beginning of 2020 to help Christians navigate the pandemic. Use this index to find relevant blogs ranging from theology to health and pastoral concerns.
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A response to The Ezekiel Declaration
This statement is presented by the Gospel, Society and Culture Committee of the Presbyterian Church in Australia in NSW and the ACT. It is the view of the Committee, not an official position of the Church. Click here for a PDF version of this response. In the last...
A time to discern what is beautiful
A quick end to Covid is wishful thinking. But pandemics can also be catalysts to rebuild societies in new and creative ways, writes NALINI PATHER*. With the increased uptake of vaccines, as well as discussions about the road out of lockdowns and even vaccine...
A lockdown birthday party
What’s a birthday without a party? Ben Shuhyta* reflects and rejoices. I hoped I could avoid it, but this year, I’m spending my birthday in lockdown. For more than a year, we citizens of regional NSW have been going about our lives with less restrictions than our...
My groans are many and my heart is faint
SANDY MCMILLAN* laments our loss of the ability to lament.In the very early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sydney, when the main talking point was panic buying, I was in the empty toilet roll aisle of the local supermarket, when I heard a woman asking a shelf...
Nation’s culture the key to why we are Covid-anxious
LEWIS JONES* considers whether aspects of our socio-cultural formation play a part in the psychological impact of this ongoing Covid crisis. About two weeks into our COVID-19 timeline in Australia, typically taken as time since the 100th confirmed case,...
Twists, turns and a long road to Covid recovery – new G,S&C series
In the first part of a new series on the impact of Covid-19 and variants, NALINI PATHER* says we must prepare for a long journey - and we should lean on our Gospel hope The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic due to the Delta variant of the virus is sweeping across...