ABS reveals Canberra's most religious and most godless suburbs "There's a searching for things of faith," Mr Perrin said.
People wanted to find a place they didn't feel judged. Christian groups had to open their doors to them, but sex abuse scandals had influenced many people's understanding of churches. Mr Perrin admits it's hard to know how to proceed. He offers one answer: "Love those who come in". The relatively small attendance at Ainslie Church of Christ's Sunday service coach poppy handbags is dwarfed by the numbers stopping to chat with the parish at its op shop, a space Mr Perrin says lets people make friends, and discuss what they want without having religion rammed down their throats. About 90 came one weekend in early July. Further west in O'Connor, where 32.5 per cent identify as Christian and 52.4 per cent have coach outlet purses fremont in no religion, priest at St Philip's Anglican Church Martin Johnson said his 120 parishioners took a more liberal view than other congregations. While he stayed out of politics, some parishioners felt strongly about coach outlet locations johnny asylum seeker policy, a topic he encouraged them to discuss in terms of theology. Supporters of climate change action might also find echoes of their views in Christian ideas that humans should steward the earth. "The Bible doesn't provide us a hard and coach outlet sale 7 62x39mm fast blueprint on these matters, and that's why we need to engage in discussion," he said. Census numbers showed Canberra's Christians tended to live more in the outer suburbs. Tuggeranong is home to many of the city's more evangelical, pentecostal churches, and also its highest rates of people nominating as faithful. Macarthur is Canberra's most Christian suburb, at 58.6 per cent. Conder (55 per cent), Monash (53.9 per cent), Gilmore (56 per cent), Fadden (57.4 per cent), Chisholm (54.6 per cent) and Oxley (55 per cent) make Tuggeranong a beltway of Christianity in the ACT, if it has one. ANU demographer Ann Evans said the figures were influenced by older populations in the outer suburbs. While high for Canberra, they were low compared to other parts of Australia.
The ACT was less religious, she said. "Canberra is an area that's fairly evenly distributed. It's only now we're starting to see some differences in different parts of the city," Dr Evans said.
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