Church membership in Samoa is exceptionally high, and the moral authority and community leadership of churches in society is widely recognised. The churches in Samoa therefore have enormous potential capacity to contribute proactively to social well-being.
The overall aim of the Kainga Tu’umalie (Prosperous families) faith-based research project reported here, was to identify how Tongan indigenous cultural – faith approaches can mitigate the rampant effects of violence. This involved identifying and theorising Tongan cultural concepts in relation to Fofola e fala...
When Ireland legalised same-sex marriage in 2015, conservatives were concerned it would impact on religious freedom.
This paper argues that the West cannot remain the West if it becomes indifferent or hostile to its religious heritage.
Reports new ways that anti-retroviral therapy in Papua New Guinea is being refracted through Christian moral discourses.
This occasional paper sets out to develop an alternative engaged theory of religion and secularity.
This study examined the level of knowledge Australian crisis communications officials had about Islam and Muslims. It identified that Media Liaison Officers (n=72) have low levels of knowledge about this religious faith, and that they were aware of their lack of understanding.
This report examined the impact of religious visibility on social cohesion in two case-study locations in Melbourne.
This guide outlines how the ABC approached research on the Christian church and domestic violence.
This report captures and critically analyses data collected by the Islamophobia Register of Australia reflecting Australian Muslims' lived Islamophobic experiences.
This paper sets out to examine some of the key problems religious violence poses for western, liberal societies.
Law professor, cultural observer and theorist on religion and pluralism, Prof Iain Benson, will offer some insights and guidance on steps he argues are essential for education, justice and politics in our time.
This quick guide provides an overview of Kosher food certification in Australia. It complements the quick guide on Halal certification.
Kashrut is a body of Jewish law that prescribes what foods can and cannot be eaten, and how they must be prepared and eaten....
In September 2016, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) consulted with a small cohort of ‘less visible’ faith leaders innovating within their separate faiths to provide pastoral care to people of diverse sexuality and gender in Victoria. While tensions between faith, ethnicity and sexuality...
For this episode, Kate spoke with Umar Werfete. Umar is a lecturer and a head of research at the State Islamic University of Jayapura in Papua, Indonesia.
He also researches religious issues in Papua in his position within the Division for Research and Development,...
The increase in cases of domestic violence in Samoa and the diaspora is slowly raising the public’s awareness of its impacts on the victims, who are overwhelmingly women and children. Because it is such a serious and growing social problem, it is a priority for...
Discussion of religion and/or spirituality in the medical consultation is desired by patients and known to be beneficial. However, it is infrequent. We aimed to identify why this is so.
We set out to answer...
It is argued that more countries restrict women’s ability to wear religious symbols or attire than require women to dress a certain way.
Summary In many countries around the world, women’s choices about their attire and appearance are restricted to some degree by...
God appears to be resurgent in 21st century societies around the world. As our awareness of the claims made by religion becomes more acute, it is ever more important to understand those claims as well as the challenges and contributions religious belief...