This year, the Bible Society Australia turns 200. A number of celebratory events have and will be taking place over the year, including the widely talked about and controversial partnership with Coopers Brewery.
The company had created a commemorative Coopers Premium Light Beer to celebrate the bicentenary. After the Bible Society Australia produced a video as part of their ‘Keeping it Light’ campaign, which featured two Liberal MPs having a ‘light’ discussion about marriage equality over a Coopers beer, Coopers found themselves in the midst of a boycott. Coopers have since stated that they have cancelled the commemorative cans.
Prior to these events, the Bible Society Australia had recently celebrated their bicentenary with a service at Hillsong Church in Sydney, livestreaming the event around the world. The Billabong Uniting Church streamed the event at their church in Canning Vale.
Uniting Church in the City also marked the occasion in March with a book launch for the Bible Society Australia’s new book Our Mob, God’s Story. The book shares stories of faith from Indigenous Australians and can be purchased for $49.95 from https://www.biblesociety.org.au/our-mob. Proceeds from its sale will go towards projects translating the Bible into Indigenous languages.
Events to celebrate Australia’s longest living organisation will be happening throughout the year including, the always popular, Hymnfest on 10 June at Mt Pleasant Baptist Church. Keep an eye on the Bible Society Australia website at https://www.biblesociety.org.au for regular updates. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.