Category Archives: Moral Issues

HEALTH CARE IN THE LAND OF MICKEY MOUSE

For a rich nation, I suspect the US appears to observers from most Western nations to have an in-built desire to provide a health service which caters for everyone except the sick or those at serious risk from illness. If … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 25 September 2016 on Luke 16: 19 – 31

The Collective Blind-Spot                                                                                                  Early on in the book of Genesis, the writer has God confronting Cain to ask him what has happened to his brother. Cain replies indignantly “Am I my brother’s keeper?” A good part of the Bible and … Continue reading

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lectionary sermon 18 September 2016 on Luke 16:1-13 (Year C)

A Parable for Nations With a Murky Past (Like ours??) Whereas a saint might have the greatest difficulty with today’s parable, real life sinners might even admit a hint of secret relief that here at least there is some hope … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 31 July 2016 on Luke 12:13-21

It’s odd isn’t it. We can claim to have the best set of beliefs, but our words and our actions give us away every time. Saying we are Christian for example might be a start but what if our words … Continue reading

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What Violence Doesn’t Achieve (Second version)

Donald Trump has been sounding off about terrorism calling for tougher measures. We have his call for more stringent border controls, for more violent treatment of potential terror suspects including use of torture and even his advocating killing members of … Continue reading

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Why Protest the TPPA?

At the very least we should concede the recent signing of the Trans- Pacific Partnership agreement for 12 Pacific trading nations trumpeted with such fanfare by the New Zealand Government offers the promise of clear advantages. On the other hand these advantages are unequally … Continue reading

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A Group Study on Religious Ethics in Daily LIfe

Religious Ethics in Daily Life The following notes are essentially inspired by and developed as part commentary on the views of Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman from their article on Religious Ethics in Daily Life in Religion For … Continue reading

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