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Same-sex marriage could affect religious freedom

In September last year, the Anglican Primate of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, wrote about the proposed plebiscite (which is now a postal vote): “If the plebiscite does happen it will be important that Christians – and others – vote according to their conscience and their view of what is best for society… “Should the vote be in favour of same-sex marriage as suggested by the opinion polls, the Church must accept that this is now part of the landscape. We can still stand for and offer holy matrimony between a man and a woman as a sacred ordinance given by God, while accepting that the state has endorsed a wider view of marriage… “The doctrine of the Book of Common Prayer remains unchang

Friendliness – a potent instrument in evangelism

Last Sunday, while attending an Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) conference, in Brisbane, I worshipped at a local Anglican Church with the other participants. After the service, I started talking to a person who I assumed was a regular parishioner. It turned out that he was ‘church shopping’. He wanted to reconnect with a church community after many years of absence. I walked with him over to the hall for a ‘cuppa’ and introduced him to a group of chatting parishioners. When he was leaving he came over to me with a smile on his face and said, “They were all very friendly.” I encouraged him to make sure he came back because we all need the comfort, encouragement and support of others if we are

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