Geraldine Doogue meets Alexander McCall Smith, one of the world's best-selling authors made famous by a cheerful 'traditionally built' Botswanan female detective, the principal of his No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
In this Christmas Day special episode of Compass, JTV Youth Network and triple J presenter Robbie Buck meets three different families from three different faiths, all celebrating the festive season in three different ways.
The bitter conscription debates that raged through the First World War divided Australia. The struggle was embodied by two men, Prime Minister Billy Hughes and Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Daniel Mannix. #ABCcompass
This NAIDOC Week Special puts Bidgigal elder and singer Vic Simms in the spotlight. Discovered by Col Joye when he first performed as an 11-year-old, Vic went on to be the first indigenous performer on Bandstand.
Philosopher and theologian Dr Conor Cunningham talks to some of the world's eminent evolutionary biologists, geneticists and philosophers to examine whether the latest advances in evolutionary theory do in fact kill God.
Michael Portillo investigates the legacy of the Roman Emperor Constantine - the man who transformed Christianity from a clandestine handful of followers of Jesus Christ into one of the world's great religions.
The last place you might expect to find a chaplain is dodging bullets in Afghanistan. This film follows two British Royal Marine chaplains as they travel around 'their parish' bringing faith to the frontline.
Filmed before, during and after his final days on the High Court of Australia, this Compass documentary about former Justice of the High Court, Michael Kirby, explores the personal, moral and spiritual convictions of one of Australia's most compassionate thinkers and incisive legal minds.
To divorce under Jewish law a couple must have a 'Gett' - a document presented by the husband and accepted by the wife. If a devout Catholic wants to divorce and then remarry within the church they must get an annulment.
The Mission is a four-part documentary series by the team who produced the extremely popular series The Abbey for Compass. The Mission is the story of missionaries in reverse, as three young Nigerian Catholic priests, who haven't volunteered, who have never left Africa before, are sent to save Tasmania's struggling Church. But can they fulfil The Mission?
In part three, it's six months into The Mission and the three Nigerian missionaries are finding themselves part of a Tasmanian Catholic community looking for solutions to churches closing down, congregations dying out and no priestly vocations.
Australians had a bumper Christmas last year, spending 37 billion dollars over the festive period, much of it on Christmas presents. Yet according to a 2005 Australian Institute survey, 73 per cent of Australians say they would be happy for somebody to make a donation to a charity on their behalf as a substitute for a Christmas present. Figures like these have inspired some people to think about new ways of giving during the festive season.
This Compass special travels 400 years back through time to a defining moment in the stormy relationship between religion and science, authority and free thought. It goes back to the trial and condemnation of Galileo, an Italian philosopher, astronomer and scientist, convicted of heresy for publishing ideas that changed the way we think about the universe.
What part did football really play in South Africa during Apartheid? This program revisits the collision of race, sport and politics through the lives of three very different men and their struggle to end Apartheid.
Just over a year ago the people of Cumnock (pop. 300), a tiny town four hours drive west of Sydney, were presented with a radical idea. Cumnock resident Christine Weston suggested that they offer their empty farmhouses to people from the city. The families would pay only a dollar a week but they would have to do some basic repairs on their houses.
In episode two, it's now well into the fourth month of The Mission and the Nigerian priests are all struggling with the demands of Australian life, homesickness, and confronting the reality of a Church in decline. And not everyone is getting along, so with new housemates to contend with life isn't getting any easier.
Compass: Prison Chaplains (Part 1)
Part one goes inside Cessnock and John Moroney Correctional Centres in NSW where two very different chaplains help offenders meet the challenges of incarceration and find meaning in their lives. #ABCcompass
(Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program contains images and voices of people who have died)
When Rosendo Salvado founded the tiny religious community of New Norcia in Western Australia in 1847 he also began an extraordinary correspondence with a dear friend in France. #ABCcompass
Two years ago Melbourne ophthalmologist Harry Lew began a mission to revive a story that began in a Polish town almost 70 years ago: a true story so terrible that when it was first published few could bear to read it. The Annihilation of Bialystoker Jewry is a meticulous account of a once thriving Polish town, its 60,000 Jewish residents and their systematic destruction by the Nazis during WW2. The book was written by one of Bialystok's few survivors, Rafael Rajzner, who had lost his whole family and endured a succession of concentration camps before starting a new life in Australia after the war.
When World Youth Day was staged in Sydney last year one of the principal events, the Stations of the Cross, a re-enactment of Christ's last hours, was beamed worldwide. Months of rehearsal, sweat, blood and tears went into the ambitious production headed up by Father Franco Cavarra, a one-time opera director who joined the Roman Catholic priesthood 10 years ago. It was his job to bring to life the 2000 year old story of Christ's suffering and death.
Evelyn Lowah, a Torres Strait Islander and born-again Christian, is a presenter at a volunteer radio station in Cairns. Her spiritual journey and radio work provide a unique window into character and culture of Australia's tropical north.
Six different faiths... six young Australians. What will happen when they switch lives for two weeks? Freeman, a young Buddhist monk, switches lives with Anthony, a devoted Maronite Catholic. Freeman is hosted by the St Charbel's community in Sydney's west. Anthony is spending his two weeks at Chenrezig Institute, the Buddhist monastery where Freeman spent his childhood.
Tonight Scott meets Mt Everest conqueror and survivor, Buddhist and writer, Lincoln Hall. Five years ago Lincoln was pronounced dead and left overnight in Everest's death zone more than eight kilometres above sea level. Lincoln's miraculous survival baffled science, but the mountain exacted a huge toll. Lincoln talks to Scott about his beliefs, life, death and miracles.
The faith, beliefs and values of Australia's prime ministers from Barton to Abbott - from Federation to now. What did they believe? And, what impact did their religious beliefs have on their personal and political lives?
A new breed of fashion designers is turning heads on the Australian catwalk catering to Muslim women eager for cutting-edge designs better suited to our lifestyle and climate...
For women in particular, dress is an integral part of Muslim life: it embodies a moral and behavioural code dating back to Islam's earliest days.
Discover digital solutions that are relevant in a world where digital realms are transforming education, business and many other industries while informing students of the change in technology overtime.
Celebrate and showcase how young Australians can take positive everyday action for a sustainable Australia. Use this collection to create awareness and start a discussion about enviroweek in your classroom.
Nonviolent resistance is the practice of achieving goals such as social change through protests and civil disobedience whilst remaining nonviolent. In this collection find out about nonviolent movements and information about nonviolent resistance advocates.
Celebrate and acknowledge International day of sign languages by viewing this collection with your class featuring video content about the lives of individuals who use sign language as well as schools that support them.
Resilience, rights and respectful relationships can be modelled at school to inform students about positive relationships at school, home and the world. Share this playlist that focuses on building positive relationships.
Classrooms are where respect and equality can be modelled as well as inform young people about violence and how it can be prevented. Share this playlist which focuses on building respectful relationships.
Use this playlist to help students to understand how digital devices work around them. Discover the latest emerging technologies and the affect on individuals from the rise of the digital world. (ACTDIK023,ACTDIK024,VCDSTS043,VCDSTS044)
Natural Disasters aren't fun to have around. Find out the science behind these events as well as gain insights on what to do in tough situations through this selected playlist. (ACSSU096,VCSSU079,VCGGK095)
Australia is addressing climate change and ensuring energy security and affordability. Find out more about the effects of climate change and how it is impacting your life. ((ACHGK020,VCGGK110,VCGGK147)
There is no space for bullying, whether it is in the playground, classroom or online. No way! View this collection, which deals with all aspects of bullying and how it can be prevented. (ACPPS074,VCHPEP092,VCHPEP109)
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On April 27, 1994, millions of first-time voters cast their ballots in South Africa's first free elections, ushering in the presidency of Mandela. Learn about the enormous change from those who lived it.