CitizenJ is partnering with the Griffith University Multi-Faith Centre to ask people from a range of faiths, as well as those without religion, to describe and debate issues around the theme of ‘religion and faith in the modern era’.
You can get involved by writing/recording a story and submitting it here.
By Ursula Skjonnemand
What does it mean to have religious faith in Australia today?
A century ago 96 per cent of Australians identified as Christian and religion was a prominent factor of civic life, but things changed significantly.
Dhammagiri Forest Monastery teaches us the importance of solitude
By Rhian Deutrom
Take a thirty minute drive south-west of Brisbane’s bustling CBD, and you’ll find yourself in the outer suburb of Mount Crosby.
Hidden in this quiet hinterland, down a solitary dirt track, is the Dhammagiri Forest Monastery. Read more.
Religion and science – mutually exclusive?
By Phoebe Baldwin
The way I see it, theories such as evolution are undeniable facts. But, it’s statements such as this that have gotten me into some heated arguments with religious friends and family.
Looking at religion: an outsider’s perspective
By Nicola Keating
As a white woman, living in a Western country and empowered by my rights and social constructions, it is easy to be ignorant.
Why I’m a Mormon
By Tammy Munro
I was born and raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You may have heard us referred to as ‘Mormons’… My experience is that there are still a lot of misconceptions about what we believe. Read more.
The spirit of change
By Gavin Hanbridge
Transformation in religion can shock people but it can also take us into a deeper understanding of faith. Read more.
Finding faith modern style: a Muslim’s perspective
By Aziza Peime
In this technological era, the ﬁrst step one can expect to take in the path of knowledge in Islam is to consult ‘Sheikh’ Google or ‘Imam’ You Tube.This is the case whether or not you are Muslim… Read more.
The Movement from Institutional Religion to Personal Spirituality in Contemporary Society: An Observation
By Liz Miller
Born into a strongly anti-religious family, the yearning of my soul as a child to belong as part of my spiritual/family was split. Read more.
By Shirley Way
Preceded by a joyous peel of bells, Alison Menzies Taylor was consecrated as Brisbane’s first female Anglican bishop at St John’s Cathedral.
Small group protests against Sharia law
By Ursula Skjonnemand and Steven Riggall
On Friday the 24th of May, 2013, six people stood near Parliament House in Brisbane calling for Australian citizens to be given the right to call referendums.
The group’s expectation was that the population would vote to outlaw the practice of Sharia law in Australia. Read more.
Being Catholic in a “post-Christian” era
By Christopher Da Silva
I was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where I was raised as what you might call a ‘Cultural Catholic,’ or someone who is born into the Roman Catholic faith, and was preceded by many generations of Roman Catholics.
Is religion relevant in today’s world?
By Patricia Skjonnemand
Is religion relevant in today’s world? Yes, I believe it is, even more so today. Why? Because from our religion comes our faith, our beliefs, our morals, ethics, behaviour and ultimately, our foundation for life, our logos.
From anti-religious to Buddhist nun
By Lozang Khadro
When I was 27 I ordained in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Being young and choosing to explicitly identify as a practitioner of faith is an interesting and worthwhile life journey.
By Joanna Wharton
Do you remember as a child those moments where the sight of a falling leaf spinning or the dust swirls in dappled light hypnotically suspended you in wonder? Read more.
Addressing media coverage of religion
By Ursula Skjonnemand
Coverage of religious stories or perspectives in mainstream Australian media is almost exclusively relegated to a very narrow set of divisive issues such as terrorism, abortion and gay marriage, save for token stories about special occasions. Does it matter that reportage is like this? Read more.