OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - New Christian magazine on the web features theology, church ministries, culture...

Monday, 5 June 2006

Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - Oikonomia is the name of a new Christian magazine on line produced in Australia by the Sydney College of Divinity. The title of the magazine “God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time” is taken from St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (1,10). The web journal offers information and reflection on theology, church ministries and culture. The publication can be seen at http://oikon.webjournals.org.
The editor of the six-monthly publication (April and October) is Prof. George Moore of the Sydney College of Divinity. The review focuses on themes important for theological and cultural debate among Christians of all confessions in Australia and with those in the rest of the world and also with other religions; for challenges in the field of the economy, society and politics. Contributions will come from academics, theologians, religious, intellectuals who will strive to establish a relationship of cultural debate between Christian scholars and the secular world.
Catholics involved in the project say the publication is in line with a recent Pastoral letter on the Church and the media issued by the Catholic Bishops with the title “Go tell Everyone”, in which the bishops urge individuals, schools, institutions to increase Christian presence in the media and use these new pulpits to announce the Gospel in the third millennium. The Letter touched the theme of “new means of communications” such as the Internet and mobile telephones, calling for a more energetic response on the part of Australia’s Catholics towards the world of the mass-media to spread the Good News. The Bishops underline the progress made in the media and the need for Christians to keep up with the times and be more incisive in this field which has a crucial role in orienting social, political and religious matters and creating public opinion.
The Catholic Church in Australia is responding to the call coming from recent Papal Messages for World Communications Day to take the opportunities offered by new media. (Agenzia Fides 5/6/2006 Righe: 25 Parole: 252)