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.

Contextualising the discussion

The cathedral of Saint Steven in Brisbane City. Credit: Alban Vinevel.

The cathedral of Saint Steven in Brisbane City. Credit: Alban Vinevel.

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.
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A monk sits at the Dhammagiri Forest Monastery. Credit: Rhian Deutrom.

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.

 

Credit: Courtney Phelps.

Credit: Courtney Phelps.

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.
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Credit: Steven Riggall.

Credit: Steven Riggall.

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.
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The Salt Lake Temple in Utah. Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The Salt Lake Temple in Utah. Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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.

 

 

Inside Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney. Credit: James Healy.

Inside Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney. Credit: James Healy.

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.

 

 

 

Aziza

Aziza

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.

 

 

Image by Vince Alongi on Flickr.

Image by Vince Alongi on Flickr.

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.

Archdeacon of Brisbane and senior Anglican clerics congratulate Bishop Alison Taylor

Archdeacon of Brisbane and senior Anglican clerics congratulate Bishop Alison Taylor

Brisbane’s first woman Anglican bishop consecrated
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.
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A masked, anonymous man representing Restore Australia makes his point to the media during a small demonstration outside Parliament House, Brisbane as Muslim students look on, 24 May, 2013. Credit: Steven Riggall.

A masked, anonymous man representing Restore Australia makes his point to the media during a small demonstration outside Parliament House, Brisbane as Muslim students look on, 24 May, 2013. Credit: Steven Riggall.

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.

 

Worshippers pray with rosaries. Credit: User:leba12 (Wikimedia Commons).

Worshippers pray with rosaries. Credit: User:leba12 (Wikimedia Commons).

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.
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Pews at St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane. Credit: Alban Vinevel.

Pews at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. Credit: Alban Vinevel.

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.
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Lozang Khadro

Lozang Khadro

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.
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Joanna Wharton

Joanna Wharton

Echo
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. 

 

 

Kamal Nuriddin speaks to Michigan Radio reporters at the The Islamic Mosque being built in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 2, 2010. Credit: Rodrigo Gaya/Michigan Radio.

Kamal Nuriddin speaks to Michigan Radio reporters at the The Islamic Mosque being built in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 2, 2010. Credit: Rodrigo Gaya/Michigan Radio.

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.

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