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In the absence of political leadership, as Ken Henry points out in his opening comments, our problem may not be so much complacency about the need for future reforms as a public lack of awareness about the challenges that we face. Accordingly our hope is that this book will raise public awareness and act as a catalyst for further public discussion of what we see as the most important issues facing Australia at this time.
The selection of articles covers what we see as the key policy challenges for the future. They reflect the views of independent commentators who are experts in their field and able to draw on the available evidence to support their arguments. In the present policy vacuum we consider it is only by this type of informed public discussion that sufficient consensus will emerge to encourage the political parties to embrace a proper reform agenda. Learn More
Damian Grace is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He is co-author of Business Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, fifth edition 2013). Learn More
She taught in primary and secondary schools and then served as a Parish Assistant for a number of years before studying overseas where she gained her Masters in Theology and Spirituality.
She then taught in at the Adelaide College of Divinity until she was elected in 1989
as Congregational Leader for the Sisters of St Joseph.
During her time in this position
the founder of her Congregation,
Mary MacKillop, was beatified in Sydney.
From there Mary went on to serve as Executive Director of the Conference of Australian Religious. Since then she has been Congregational Leader for the Sisters
of Perpetual Adoration, and has authored a number of books and articles on spirituality and history.
Books include ...
Choosing Life (co-authored 2001), In the Spirit of Joseph (2005),
Villa Maria (2009),
Prayer-Chats with Julian (2010) and In Her Footsteps (2012).
The previous volume of essays, Five Uneasy Pieces was warmly received. People of faith and spirituality were looking for liberating understandings of the Bible in engagement with their own sexualities and those of friends, family and beyond. The book demonstrated clearly that oppressive uses of selected texts from the Bible were invalid. But more is needed. The obligation upon scriptural scholars is to establish scripture’s hospitable inclusion of those whose sexual identities have been subjected to such oppression. Pieces of Ease and Grace retrieves biblical texts as actively embracing gays and lesbians within the community of faith. Their stories profoundly intersect with those of scripture. Here is a collection of biblical essays on sexuality and welcome that restores the Bible as a book of grace to those whose sexual identities had previously been lost, or condemned, in interpretation.Learn More
Central to Ignatian spirituality is the belief that our world is transparent, reflecting constantly a God who works in the depths of everything. St Ignatius Loyola saw the world as very ‘user friendly’. For him every part of it, from the stars in the heavens to the flowers of the field, elevated his mind and heart to God. In Ribadeneira’s Life of Ignatius we learn ‘how even the smallest things could make his spirit soar upwards to God, who even in the smallest things is Greatest. At the sight of a little plant, a leaf, a flower or a fruit, an insignificant worm or a tiny animal Ignatius could soar free above the heavens and reach through into things which lie beyond the senses.’ (Life I11 5381)
Seeking and finding God in all things works on the belief that God is already present in our world and it is our task to uncover his presence and help others to do the same. It is very different to the old, perhaps arrogant, concept of ministry which talked about ‘bringing God to the world’