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Relational Wellbeing

Relational Wellbeing

We are beings made for relationship. In Genesis, we hear that the first note of discord in all of creation was that ‘man was alone’. To survive and thrive, we need connection to others.

Our access to communications technology, our capacity to travel and our levels of disposable income to spend socially on things like meals, holidays and experiences has never been higher, yet at the same our communities are fragmenting, we are reporting loneliness at higher levels than ever before, and relational breakdown and domestic violence remain prevalent.

Consumerism can sap our time, increase our financial distress, teach us that it is the individual, not the community that matters, and reduce us to thinking of others as commodities. For ourselves and for those we care about to flourish, we will need to reimagine what it is to love our neighbour in an age of consumerism.

The Current State of Play


of the population feel they lack companionship at least sometimes.


of single parent males feel isolated.


of Australian households have one person living in them.


of Australians have no neighbours they can call for help.

Relational Wellbeing Articles


You can’t love nothing.

The purpose of God in creating the world is something we humans will only ever know in part. In my ...


Is Loneliness A Sin?

Our theme this week at Consumed is focussed around Relational Wellbeing. Off the back of our Live Free Tip this ...

Relational Wellbeing Resources


Coming Home – Book

“Coming Home” Coming Home provides something that is virtually non-existent in Christian literature: an articulation of biblical faith in the ...


Australia Reimagined – Book

“Australia Reimagined” ‘When it comes to our future, misplaced optimism is as dangerous as blind faith. What is needed is ...

Stream Four: Care For Creation

The explosion in economic activity of people has put unprecedented stress on the environment. Climate change, harm to animals, and the loss of biodiversity is the result.