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Homily offered by the Rev'd Chris Tyack for the First Sunday in Lent, 9th March 2014.
"We are a society which has forgotten how to weep." - Pope Francis
Many people throughout Australia are disturbed by the punitive and harsh policies and conditions to which people seeking asylum in Australia are being subjected. The recent incident on Manus Island and the death of one person and the injury of many highlights the lack of care and dignity in the policies of both the Government and the Opposition and the absence of awareness of their legal and moral responsibilities.
In response to the desire for prayer and action, Catholic Religious Australia is inviting you to participate in a “National Lament”. We are taking our inspiration from the words of Pope Francis when he visited Lampedusa. The National Lament is a campaign of prayer, penance and action for people seeking asylum in Australia. We are seeking to make a Christian response to these people, rather than treating them as a “problem” to be solved.
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The Dean was one of three presenters who explored the role faith plays in supporting climate change adaptation. This will be examined from two perspectives. First, faith is examined as a personal motivator to face challenges, strengthen resilience and maintain persistence in work. Second, faith as an institution is examined as an important contributor to resilient communities and policy making. This discussion will also include the presentation of a deliberative democratic framework of nine principles to facilitate in infusion of faith perspectives in climate change decision making.
You can watch his presentation by Clicking Here.
To view photographs of the successful joint presentation between St John’s Cathedral and the Music Theatre company from Queensland Conservatorium, please control double click on the following link: