Parliamentary Christian Fellowship

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The Parliamentary Christian Fellowship, also known as the Parliamentary prayer group, is a gathering of Christian politicians in the Australian parliament, who hold prayer sessions on Monday nights in Parliament House, Canberra.

Overview[edit]

The Parliamentary Christian Fellowship is mainly attended by socially conservative Members of Parliament.[1] Kevin Rudd is considered the mainstay of the group,[2] and is the only member of the Labor Party to regularly attend.[1] Rudd has formed a good relationship with conservative independent Bob Katter as a result of their mutual attendance at the group.[3]

"They're not confessional, as such," according to Bruce Baird, "but they are quite personal encounters that go to the implication of what it means to be a Christian with a heavy public burden."[4]

Members who have attended include:

The Fellowship hosts an annual Prayer Breakfast and associated seminars.[5]

The current Chairwoman of the Fellowship is Louise Markus MP, Federal Member for Macquarie [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "A contest of ideas, not ideology". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Abbott attacks Rudd on religion in politics". The Age. 2007-01-27. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  3. ^ a b c "Katter prepares to throw his support behind Kev". The Australian. 2007-11-22. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  4. ^ "More than just a light on the hill". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-12-22. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  5. ^ a b "National Prayer Breakfast website". Retrieved 2014-04-04.