The Council of Churches in East Asia Assembly 2015

14 Oct 2015  The Council of Churches in East Asia Assembly happens each five years and its meeting between 7 and 12 October has taken advantage of the context of its meeting in Manila, Philippines to explore the Church's response to poverty, migration and human traffi..Read More

First Thoughts

We must all fight domestic violence

01 Oct 2015  Some 25 years ago I was held up by armed robbers in my parish office. They put a sawn-off 22. rifle to my head and knocked me to the floor. It had quite an emotional impact on me, so I understand at least something of the trauma that victims of violence c..Read More


In a world of horror, hold to God’s vision of peace

07 Aug 2015  Seventy years ago nuclear weapons were used against two Japanese cities, Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 and Nagasaki three days later. It is estimated that between 90,000 and 160,000 people were killed at Hiroshima and roughly half of that number at Nagasaki...Read More

Climate Change, First Thoughts

The Pope’s Encyclical and climate change

05 Aug 2015  Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Australian Religious Response to Climate Change President Thea Ormerod and Beyond Zero Emissions CEO Dr Stephen Bygrave about the challenges and opportunities involved in responding to climate change. The tea..Read More

First Thoughts, Human Rights, Persecution, Politics

“A Tide of Human Suffering”

30 Jun 2015  We’ve all seen images of people desperately fleeing situations of conflict, poverty and persecution in countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Syria and Iraq. Our public solutions to this seem so often to reach a position of exclusion, of putting barriers u..Read More

Human Rights, Politics

First Thoughts – Remote Communities

03 Jun 2015  In the second of his series of videos, Archbishop Philip Freier discusses the plan to close remote communities in Western Australia, why these locations are important to Indigenous Australians and the Anglican Church's position of the matter. ..Read More

First Thoughts

The Budget 2015 – a deeper look

15 May 2015  In a new video series, Archbishop Freier discusses current issues. Today's topic is the 2015 budget - what are the pros, what are the cons, what should we be thinking about beyond the announcement of key features? If you'd like to join the conversation,..Read More


Time for a talk

04 Apr 2015  Conversation is the latest political buzzword. But contemporary political discourse shows that what politicians understand by this is less a dialogue than competing monologues in which the various political actors seek to manipulate the discussion to thei..Read More