Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2016 "Hands of the World" Fair Trade Market

The Cathedral of St Stephen's Art Group (COSSAG) yearly Fair Trade market is on again. At the Francis Rush Centre in the Cathedral of St Stephens Precinct 

249 Elizabeth St, Brisbane cbd. 

Just a reminder that the market opens 5pm this Thursday the 27th of October for a preview at 5pm to 7pm. The market continues 28/10 to 31/10 open 9:30am to 4:30pm. If you can't make it please let others know who may be interested.

For the preview on Thursday evening the Cathedral car park will be open for guests from 4:30pm - entry Charlotte Street. Please park on the B2 level.

Featuring Fair Trade products from around the world.
* Unique and traditional handmade wares
* Genuine fair trade products
* Eco friendly products

Be an ethical consumer and do your Christmas shopping here at the market. Discover beautiful artisan products that are not readily available in the shops.

October is Fair Trade month. Not only can you shop but also become informed. Artisan's work from around the world - over 20 countries - will be on display and for sale.

We are proud to be hosting the following traders this year:
My South American Shop
Siham Craftlink
One Colour
Penn Lane
Esthers Parties
Global Conduct
Kashae Wings of Hope
Montville Alpaca
Dev Trade
Trading Circle
Kaya Collection

The Market officially opens at 5pm on the 27th of October. Light refreshments will be served - all welcome!

Then the market continues Friday the 28th of October to Monday the 31st of October. Open 9:30am to 4:30pm each day.

Come and discover unique hand made gifts and home wares from around the world while being an ethical consumer. Unique traditional handmade wares that are genuinely fair trade.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Archbishop Chaput Believes Small is Holier

Archbishop Chaput welcomes 'smaller church' of holier Catholics

In a stark prognosis for contemporary Catholicism, a leader of the conservative wing of the U.S. hierarchy has said that "a smaller, lighter church" of fewer but holier believers is preferable to one that promotes inclusion at the expense of traditional orthodoxy.
In a speech delivered Wednesday at the University of Notre Dame, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput also suggested that many prominent Catholics are so weak in their faith that they ought to leave the church. (Read full text here)

This is the man responsible for the unholy treatment of Bishop Bill Morris of Toowoomba. Will any of the Australian Catholic Bishops challenge this myopic vision of Catholicism? 
I disagree with most of the public statements of Archbishop Chaput but I would never suggest he leave our community. What a bloody disgusting pompous statement about our diversity and wealth of experience!!
Being Catholic is not comfortable nor easy. It is a community founded on the words and deeds of Jesus. it's founding heroes were the early martyrs who made a sacrament of civil disobedience. It promotes princplles of non-violence and non compliance with the empire. It stands against the values of neo-liberalims embraced by mainstream political parties.It calls us into social action on behalf of justice as well as a deep spiriituality which is close to the practice of #Dadirri
Archbishop Chaput does not speak for me or the Cathoics who inspire my faith and politics.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Anti Poverty Week Ecumenical Service in Brisbane

An ecumenical prayer service for Anti Poverty Week  will be held on Thusrday 20 October 6.00pm at the Cathedral of St Stephen in Brisbane. 

The service has been organised by: Wesley Mission Queensland to recognize the hardship within our community.
The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:
- Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and
- Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

Catholic Social Teachings

Commonwealth for the Common Good Australian Catholic Bishops 1992

Economic Justice

    ‘Within an unjust economic system marked by significant structural inequities, the situation of the marginalised is daily becoming worse. Today, in many parts of the world, people are starving, while in other places there is opulence.’
    Pope John Paul II, World Food Day, 16 October 2003
    In preparation for the service you might like to use the following resources:

    Monday, October 03, 2016

    Interfaith Welcome to Refugees

    The Welcome Fest 2016 in Brisbane brought togther community organisations, cultural groups, Governemnt services, food stalls and a presence from the Queensland Forum of Christians, Jews and Muslims.

    The Forum is a collaboration between the Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies, Queensland Churches Together and The Islamic Council of Queensland.

    Meeting a few the official representatives of the forum and supporters was one of the highlights of my day The work of the Forum was also acknowledged by Senator Claire Moore who stopped by the stall for a photo with the team.

    However the image of the stall that I will treasure happened  while I was setting up for another picture with supporters. As I aimed my lens a group of young boys "photobombed" my shoot with energy, pazzaz and that cheeky initaive that only younge people can bring to community.

    I love this image. The people who staffed and visited the stall were like me part of the "Ageing Society" identified by the Australian Cathoic Bishps in this year's Social Justie Statement  These young men who stand in front of the banner prmooting dialogue and understanding may not have realised or even cared what the stall stood for. However, a couple have aready tagged themselves and  we have planted a seed  for the future as we welcome the diversity of religious faith and commitment. 

    A Picture is worth  a thousand words and this image will nuture hope for the future.

    More About The Forum

    In the Queensland Forum for Jews, Christians and Muslims ("The Forum") representatives of QCT meet with representatives of the Jewish Board of Deputies and the Islamic Council of Queensland. This forum was set up approximately six years ago, while a Jewish-Christian dialogue had been taking place for longer.

    Taking inspiration from the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims, and Jews, the Forum has given itself a set of purposes and objectives which clearly position it as a bridge-building and peace-making body of the Abrahamic Faiths in Queensland.

    One project of the Forum was to compile three short brochures, "On Entering a Church" ,"On Entering a Synagogue" , "On Entering a Mosque" . These contain explanations of religious practices in places of prayer/worship in the three traditions. They describe in a simple manner what a visitor should do in order to feel comfortable and not to offend.
    Each month members of the Forum - there are up to five from each faith - meet to discuss topics of interest and joint activities. During the meal that follows, to which all contribute, conversation is often light-hearted.
    A first Abrahamic Faiths Concert was held on 15 November, 2007.  It was such a success that it has now become an annual event - held in 200820092011201220132014and 2015.
    Click here to download the Forum for Jews, Christians and Muslims 2016 AGM report.
    Click here to download the Forum's brochure.
    Click here to download the Forum for Jews, Christians and Muslims 2015 Report to the QCT Assembly.

    Sunday, September 25, 2016

    Announcing L'Arche at St John's Cathedral Brisbane

    Wednesday 5th October 9.30am

    St John's Anglican Cathedral
    Ann Steet Brisbane  Show Map

    Tony Robertson is a member of the L'Arche Community in Brisbane. L'Arche is an International Federation dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs, and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities. It was founded in 1964 when Jean Vanier welcomed two men with disabilities into his home in the town of Trosly-Breuil, France. Today, it is an international organisation operating 147 communities in 35 countries, and on all five continents. Tony describes his journey to L'Arche as "crossing the last frontier of fear and prejudice." He will share the story of his journey and commitment to the community. All welcome.

    Monday, September 19, 2016

    Assisi Peace Prayer 2016

    Pope Francis will pray in Assisi for peace with representatives of nine religions  From September 17-20 the spirit of Assisi will return to the city where it was born. Thirty years after the historic meeting that brought together more than 120 leaders from different religions, including John Paul II. This time around the initiative will be repeated with presence of Pope Francis. Then, as it is now, peace is more necessary than ever.(Full Text)

    Religions for Peae Australia 

    Australian Catholic Bishops Media Blog

    Catholic Religious Australia: Resources for International Day of Peace.

    Friday, September 09, 2016

    Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2016

    My introduction to the cultural diversity of Catholicism began in my childhood parish of Ss Peter and Paul's Geelong West. The chapel at St Patrick's Primary School in the parish was the base for the Italian Community.  As a young boy i can remember the intrigue and wonder when we  were given a Chinese priest,Fr Leo Tien  as an assistant. He had come from studies in Rome and led our introduction to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

    My young adult years with the Capuchin Friars  enriched my understanding of community and nurtured my passion for work among peoples of non-English speaking backgrounds.Since those days I have had opportunities to immerse myself in cross cultural settings that include the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

    Each year in Brisbane I celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees with friends and fellow pilgrims at the annual Migrant and Refugee Mass at the Cathedral of St Stephen. 

    Australian Catholic Bishops Statement on Refugees 2015
    The images I have captured from recent  annual Masses tell the story of a Church Without Ethnic Frontiers.