Reflections for the 12 Days of Christmas

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During the 2016 Christmas Season I have re-publsihed a series of reflectins originally posted in 2012 Christmas Day 2016 and 2014. I hope you enjoy them and invite your response.

Twelfth Day of Christmas: The Journey

Eleventh Day of Christmas: Chalk Up A Blessing

Tenth Day of Christmas: Light that Shines Through …

Ninth Day of Christmas: Commit to Non Violence

Eighth Day of Christmas: Beware of the Cutters

Seventh Day of Christmas: Day to Take Stock

Sixth Day of Christmas: Holy Family Day

Fifth Day of Christmas: Swords and Brooms

Fourth Day of Christmas : The Holy Innocents

Third Day of Christmas December 27th A Holy Day for…

Second  Day of Christmas: December 26th: Feast of St S…

Christmas Day 2016

Christmas 2016

May the ancient story of a child born in occupied territory open our hearts to the work of defending human rights.

May the birth of every child call us to our communal responsibility to protect children, to take them on wild adventures and to let them grow into the unique person they are called to be.

May the image of a family forced to seek refuge and asylum far from their home inform our political choices as citizens of a global village.

May our messages of good wishes and happy holidays not blind us to the work of justice making and non-violence.

May the lights and decorations of the season remind us of our mission to bring light to the darkness and celebration to life.

May our gifting be generous as we remember those who live in situations of poverty and exploitation.

May we hear angelic voices singing our dream of peace on earth

Image is the work of Mark Knight cartoonist at The Herald Sun in Melbourne

Just Dates: November

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Politics, Religion and Sport This Weekend in Brisbane

 

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I have  been publishing a community calendar across my social media platforms for the last few years. It is not unusual to find several events scheduled at the same time.  However I think this weekend of May 27-31 is exceptional in bringing religion, politics and sport to Brisbane.

The Italian, East Timorese West Papuan and African communities are all offering festivals.  The Catholics are parading through the city and politicians on the campaign trail are debating issues. The weekend launches National Reconciliation Week and the AFL will celebrate the Indigenous Round dedicated to Sir Doug Nicholls.

So visit the Calendar of Events and look out for me with my camera this weekend!!

IDAHOT 2016

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The celebrations have begun and we will fly our flag and sing our song of equality with pride. We are queer in all its rich colours. We are lesbian, gay, trans,bi and gender diverse.

We will not be silenced or cowed by homophobia. We will not hide in the shadows of fear. We are your family, your neighbours, your work colleagues, your friends. We are young, we are teens, we are mature aged, we are elderly.

We walk your streets, we go to your church, your mosque, your synagogue, your temple.

We ride on your trains, we serve you at cafes, we entertain you, we represent you in politics, we drink in your pubs we police your community, we serve in your military.

We are people who invite you to stand with us against homophobia.

Brisbane IDAHOT Event Diary

Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group

My images from Brisbane IDAHOT

 

Just Dates: April

 25 ANZAC Day

Holy Week 2016

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This week in the Christian community of the West is known as Holy Week. it is a time of intense drama and memory retold in story and ritual. It has the power to shatter our self image as much as the original story recorded in the Gospels.

The ancient texts proclaimed this week tell of the “turning away” both of the imperial might of Pilate and the loyal followers of Yeshua of Nazareth.

It has been the turmoil of history in the Church as prophets and outsiders challenged Popes, clergy and civic authorities who turned away from the vision of a new world founded on justice and peace.

In our own days we witness the “turning away” of religious leaders from the long history of sexual abuse in the name of religion.

It is not unusual that the voices that challenge come from outside the structures of religion. That has been the pattern of reform from the time of Abraham and Sarah.

The powerful lyrics of Pink Floyd won’t make their way into the formal liturgies of this week. But they will touch the hearts of those who have seen the signs and heard the words that lead to life.