One of the things we’ve been struck by since moving to Melbourne is the distinctives of our home town, Adelaide.
Lots of people know Adelaide as the City of Churches. It’s not that Adelaide had an especially high number of church buildings, but Adelaide was the first place in Australia where all kinds of denominations and religious groups were permitted.
These days, Adelaide is in one sense like any other Australian city: Christianity is generally struggling to interact with Australian society; many churches are in slow but sure decline.
But the Christian landscape in Adelaide is unique. Here are some reflections — anecdotes and generalisations to be sure, but this is the vibe!