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The place of Christian faith in Australian politics is often linked to conservatism and intolerance. Many members of the current Federal Government profess deep Christian beliefs and groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby loudly intervene in public policy debates.
Yet, new faith-based social movements such as Love Makes A Way actively campaign against government policies. The spectacle of religious leaders undertaking non-violent acts of civil disobedience, including prayer vigils in the offices of Christian politicians, has captured the imaginations of many. Other Christians work less publicly to separate church and hate in their own communities and congregations.
Quiet Faith has been generated from hours of interviews with Christian Australians, each of whom has also selected a personally significant song. Beautiful, immersive, full of musicality and heart, Quiet Faith is an antidote to despair about religion and politics, offering a portrait of the very different ways that faith can underpin civic life.
Quiet Faith was co-commissioned by Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
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Female | 50s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 19
EXTRACT: I wouldn't like to be running the country. I don't know what I would do. I pretty well know I wouldn't be doing what Tony Abbott's doing. I can't think of a single thing in the budget that I've read that I think is compassionate, and I think internationally â€“ because I sit on international committees â€“ Australia â€“ when I go to places internationally people say, "You know, why is Australia behaving like this? It's supposed to be a Christian country," and what do I say? "Sorry, I didn't do it. I didn't vote for them."
Quiet Faith, presented by Vitalstatistix Video production by Heath Britton and Jennifer Greer Holmes.
â€œQuiet Faith blows no trumpets, breathes no hellfire and damnation, utters no sanctimony." - Peter Wilkins, The Canberra Times
â€œQuiet Faith is hallowed ground, a little bit like going to church, and a powerful voice for the faithful who actually practice what they preach. Whether you are a full-blown atheist, one of the flock, or a complete hypocrite, you will not leave the same as you entered.â€ - David Grybowski, The Barefoot Review
â€œAudiences will have complex existing relationships with the material explored, relationships that may drastically alter the messages they take away. There will be those who intimately connect with the interviewees and their perspectives; those who left religion long ago; those who follow another faith; those who have never been religious." - Jane Howard, The Guardian
â€œDavid Williamsâ€™ latest work arose from the simple understanding that the type of Christianity we see on the news and engaged with politics â€“ the Fred Niles of this world â€“ might not be an accurate representation of all aspects of Australian Christianity. Quiet Faith seeks to give a voice to those other aspects and invites the audience to see and understand a much more complicated picture. It succeeds entirely." - Katherine Gale, ArtsHub