The number of people declaring no religion continues its upward trend, now reaching 38.9% of the population.
Christianity however has many followers in Australia and remains the most widespread religion, but for the first time less than half of the population – 43.9% – identified as Christian.
Australians identifying as having no religion surged in this year’s census. Source: SBS News
“I think what it says in particular is that people who might have said in the past ‘I’m a Christian’ because of a family tradition no longer do that,” the diocese’s assistant bishop said. Anglican of Melbourne, Bishop Genieve Blackwell.
An art installation at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne called Gaia is another example of the church’s efforts to connect with more people.
The Gaia exhibition at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne has so far attracted 100,000 visitors. Source: SBS News
The seven-meter-wide rotating 3D artwork of the world has so far attracted 100,000 visitors.
“[We are] often trying to determine what the needs of a community are and how the church can be a blessing.
Hinduism on the rise
From his first day in Melbourne, Indian migrant Vinit Sharma sought out a Hindu temple. The 33-year-old says worship is essential to him.
Hindu devotees at the Sri Durga Temple in Melbourne’s northwest. Source: Provided
“I can’t live without coming [to pray]because I feel very high vibrations in the temple and full of energy,” Mr. Sharma said.
The computer trainer visits the temple at least once a week, accompanied by his wife Rashi Sharma.
Rashi (left) and Vinit Sharma say worship is essential Source: SBS News
“It’s very important because it’s part of our culture,” Ms Sharma said. “It’s something we’re born with. It’s in our DNA.”
“It is a very great pride for our community that we are growing. This is really very good news,” Mr Sharma said.
A changing demographic
“We are trying to establish the infrastructure for the growth of Hinduism and the temple,” he said.
Kulwant Joshi and Gurpreet Verma in front of the Sri Durga Temple in Melbourne. Source: SBS News
The temple management also foresees a need for Hindu schools and care for the elderly.