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Homeless Welfare Australia: A Study of Church Based Welfare, Secular Not-For-Profit Organisations and the Rise of Social Enterprise

Homeless Welfare Australia: A Study of Church Based Welfare, Secular Not-For-Profit Organisations and the Rise of Social Enterprise

 

This research paper highlights the importance of social enterprise in the development of Australian homeless welfare. In the past, homeless welfare in Australia has been dominated by church based welfare. With the rise of secular not-for-profit agencies in the 20th century, there has been some replication in welfare models and practices. Towards the end of the 20th century, social enterprises began to offer new ways of funding homeless welfare with a higher level of financial sustainability.

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The Religion-and-Film Genre: A Select Bibliography

The Religion-and-Film Genre: A Select Bibliography

This is the second century of the age of Hollywood and the reign of moving image culture. Black-and-white photography started it. Film got it moving, talking and coloured. Television got it out of theatres and into your home, at first small and monochrome but now big and colourful. The Internet now brings it directly into your office and straight onto your PC, tablet or mobile phone. It entertains and educates us all. Indeed, the popular cinema (aka movies, films, flicks, the pictures) has become the lingua franca of the children-of-the-media during the 20th and 21st centuries, with no hint of its demise in sight. And yet, despite this social reality, mainstream religious education has been reluctant to seriously utilise movies in the classroom, home or pulpit beyond their visual aide or student pacifier roles. The following fifteen heuristic categories (with book, book chapter, and article break-downs per category) were created for your ease, enjoyment and edification.

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The Values And Benefits Of Sports Chaplaincy In Australia

The Values and Benefits of Sports Chaplaincy in Australia

Australians love sport. Over a span of two centuries, much has been written about how this love affair has shaped the national identity. In Australia’s history, sport has played an important role in the good and the bad times. It is recorded, for example, that Australians played Aussie Rules and cricket on the battlefields of Gallipoli. Australians pride themselves on their reputation to compete on the international stage. Australia is one of only a handful of countries to have participated in every Summer Olympic Games. It has been argued that Australians regard sport as sacred to their way of life, an obsession that contributes to a collective sense of meaning in life, an “essential component that contributes to their story” (Cheong, pp.237-238). In this regard, sport has sometimes been referred to as the Australian religion. At other times, it has been suggested that sport provides an alternative to religion in providing identity, meaning and belonging.
In late 2012 and early 2013, the Christian Research Association, in a jointly funded venture with MCD University of Divinity, and supported by Sports Chaplaincy Australia, undertook a pilot research project
investigating chaplaincy in sport.

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History And Theology Of Christian Welfare In Australia: A Review Of The Literature

History and Theology of Christian Welfare in Australia: A Review of the Literature – PDF

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History And Theology Of Christian Welfare In Australia: A Review Of The Literature

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A Brief Review Of Church-related Research In Australia 1975-2005

A Brief Review of Church-Related Research in Australia 1975-2005, by Peter Bentley and Phillip Hughes

ISBN : 1-875223-23-1

This paper has two parts. The first is a brief survey of sociological research that has been undertaken in church-related organisations since 1975. This review does not cover historical, economic or psychological research, nor research based on ethical, Biblical or theological grounds. Nor does it attempt to cover the research that has occurred in tertiary institutions, although some references are made to such research. This overview focuses on religious faith and church life. It does not cover the large amount of research that has been done in relation to religious schools and religious education. Nor does it cover the research conducted by welfare agencies and social justice arms of the churches.
The second part traces some development in thethinking about church life and faith in the Australian cultural context, focusing particularly on the journey that has occurred in the Christian Research Association over the last twenty years while acknowledging contributions from other research bodies. In tracing this journey, this review reflects on the evolving understanding of the Australian context, summarising some of the major insights and findings from the research.

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Taking Holistic Education Seriously

Taking Holistic Education Seriously
by Philip Hughes and Stephen Reid

ISBN: 978-1-875223-73-2

This paper shows how schools can and do contribute to the holistic education of their students.  Holistic education is defined by this paper in terms of the development of people’s relationships with themselves and their friends, and a development of a commitment to the wider society, the natural environment and religious faith. Based on surveys in 29 Catholic schools in four dioceses and two States, it suggests ways in which schools can measure and assess their influence.

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Models Of Leadership And Organisation In Anglican Churches In Rural Australia

Models of Leadership and Organisation in Anglican Churches in Rural Australia, by Philip Hughes and Audra Kunciunas.

ISBN: 978-1-875223-68-8

This research paper focusses on some quite different models operating in various dioceses, including:

  • Ecumenical cooperation
  • Enabler supported ministry
  • Full-time stipended priest or minister
  • Large area team ministry operating over multiple parishes
  • Ministry leadership team.

Five case-studies seek to capture the stories of individual churches and examine at depth the factors operating in each situation. At the heart of the study is the question: what are the preferred options in rural situations where the resources are few and the numbers of people small?

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Rural Churches In The Uniting Church In South Australia: Models For Ministry

Rural Churches in the Uniting Church in South Australia: Models for Ministry, by Philip Hughes and Audra Kunciunas

ISBN: 978-1-875223-32-9

Within rural Australia, a range of patterns of ministry are emerging. In many places, small churches operate in clusters. In other places, ecumenical partnerships have been formed. In many places, non-ordained leaders have replaced ordained leaders. Sometimes teams have taken the place of individuals in responsibility for church life.

This paper looks at examples of the different patterns of ministry among rural Uniting churches in South Australia. The patterns in 11 churches were examined. In each case, the researchers spent a while in the church, attending worship and talking with the leaders and members.

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Spiritual Capital: An Important Asset Of Workplace And Community?

Spiritual Capital: An Important Asset of Workplace and Community? by Philip Hughes

ISBN: 978-1-875223-33-6

This research paper  reviews the literature on the notion of spiritual capital as it is being used in relation to organisations. Spiritual capital is understood as ‘what a community or organisation exists for, aspires to and takes responsibility for’. The higher the values and purposes out of which an organisation operates the greater that organisation’s spiritual capital.

The ‘spirituality in the workplace’ literature, on which the literature of ‘spiritual capital’ builds, has noted that the inner life of people may be nourished by meaningful work that takes place in the context of community. It has also pointed to the importance of inter-relationships within the workplace.

The term ‘spiritual capital’ has the capacity to present an alternative focus for business and community. It encourages them to focus on the wellbeing of humanity rather than on the accumulation of financial wealth.

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