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.

Masks not required – but should I wear one anyway?

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.

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Abortion back in focus

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.

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NAVIGATE 2022 FORUM – Engaging Our Culture For Christ

This year’s Gospel, Society and Culture Navigate Forum featured six speakers on the broad topic of Engaging Our Culture For Christ. Here are the six videos. Speakers were Geoff Brailey from McCrindle Research, Pastor and author Stephen McAlpine, Pastor David Maher, Chaplain and Religious Studies teacher Jiye Kim, Freedom For Religion’s Rohan McHugh and Town Planner and business director Michelle Chapman

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Help for parents with teens – video series

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).

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COVID index to help you find G,S&C resources

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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The Covid information inundation

In the first of two blogs, LEWIS JONES* looks at how Covid has distorted our sense of time and space - but he offers a path to recovery. At 7:07pm on the 26th of June 2021, it seemed like a good thing that you had booked a rental cabin where you were going to stay...

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Needle-phobia and loving your neighbour

BEN GREIG* lives in regional NSW and has a fear of needles. He explains why overcoming his fear was important.  I have a not-so-well-kept secret. I have a bit of a phobia of needles (trypanophobia). Even the mention of the things gives me an uncomfortable shiver down...

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