I heard several comments over recent weeks that “The world has gone mad.” Perhaps that raises the question of what anchorage points we have for our life, and for our public policy. As we commence our Advent journey for 2017, the beginning of a new year, and a journey toward reengaging a world-defining event, the interaction of that story with our values again comes into question. An illustration of this tension is the apparent support of the evangelical Christian vote in the US for the climate-denying Trump when the day after the Trump victory an Interfaith Statement was released in Marrakech, Morocco, that presented a very different perspective. In Australia there exists a dominance of climate-denying Catholics in government, in opposition to the moral signposts set out in Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ and a number of other faith-based publications. While we must all form our own conclusions on practical issues faith can never be closeted away as a purely private affair. Faith has an inescapable public dimension and impacts on the ethics underlying the positions we assume every day, and must be lived out in dialogue with the well-reasoned, evidence-based, morally congruent positions of leaders in our faith traditions. The Interfaith Statement was endorsed by such prominent religious leaders as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama and a diverse range of others. Australian endorsements include the Grand Mufti and heads of peak Buddhist, Hindu, Uniting Church and Lutheran bodies. The same applies on issues such as policies regarding asylum seekers, same-gender marriage, and many other issues. We are gathering around a story. But it not an entertaining fairytale for children. It is a profound story that should be shaping our life and public policy.