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Doing Ministry Together

A Report on a Survey of
Clergy Spouses and Adult Clergy Children

For over forty years, international research has sought to
understand the unique lifestyle of clergy families (Lee &
Iverson-Gilbert, 2003). It is well-documented, by both
research and anecdotal evidence, that the ministry
lifestyle comes with unique joys and challenges for clergy
workers. Little is known about the experiences of their
spouses and children (Lee & Iverson-Gilbert, 2003)…

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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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