Thursday, July 30, 2009

Christianity Without the Cross Rosemary Ganley

Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of this World for Crucifixion and Empire
By Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker
Beacon Press, 2008

I will never again see a person wearing a crucifix or even contemplate a church tower bearing a cross without thinking of this highly original book.

Rita Nakashima Brock, a Disciple of Christ minister and Director of Faith Voices for the Common Good, and her writing partner, Rebecca Ann Parker, who is president of the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California have, with passion, scholarship and clear writing, laid out a fascinating thesis. It is also a stylish and readable book.

from ReligionDispatches

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Weeping Statues or Tears of Shame?

Places where statues weep as in the US, Canada and Australia are happening in unprecedented numbers, places and forms. Some explain them away with science, some mock them and to some they are the words of God reaching out for prevention. However, when the messages come true, they are not so easy to explain away, are they? Can the answer be that such present day phenomena are a prelude to events yet to take place.

Abortion, racist hatred, killing for greed, white collar crimes of thievery; all of which are prevalent today. All of which happening in a society which seems to be turning away from God at warp speed.

Should we be on the look out for heightened storms, both physical and spiritual? Shall we brace for intensified sorrows? History will certainly write the final chapter, but where will our names appear?

Part of what these prophetic events highlight is the activity of Satan, the archenemy of our Lord and Saviour.

People of faith in Jesus Christ and those who make a habit of reading Holy Scripture, will readily acknowledge and understand the many instances of demonic presence in the time of Jesus.

We owe it to ourselves to take an intelligent look at these phenomenon and ask ourselves why on earth are these things going on? - Vanessa Barnes, Houston Roman Catholic Examiner (click here for full article)

I don't really have a problem with Mary making regular guest appearances for the Holy Tourist industry. Catholicism has always had a curious and quirky circus side.

However what really gets me thinking is:Whenever Mary decides to abandon her celestial realm and drop in on in the "valley of tears" she seems to have a different outfit for each trip, better than QEII and Imelda Marcos put together.

So, the mystery of faith is: does she have exclusive access to the biggest Vinnies Bin in Heaven for her wardrobe? Does she in fact sometimes double up and think:"Oh dear, it's the fence post at Coogee again, better wear the Fatima number as it is salt water resistant.

This would all be very comical if it wasn't for the fact that this article is an attempt to cover up the tragic mission history of Rwanda and its contribution to one of the worse abuses of human rights in the last decade of the 20th century. It is we who should be weeping for our collective injustice.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Song of the Moment; Down to the River Alison Krauss

O Brother Where Art Thou introduced us to some classic songs including - Down to the River to Pray which is sung here by Alison Krauss

Monday, July 13, 2009

In solidarity With The Bonhoeffer 4

I dedicate this post to four nonviolent Christian activists who entered the Shoalwater Bay Training Area this morning to stop the Talisman Saber exercises. Calling themselves the “Bonhoeffer 4” after Kevin Rudd’s favourite theologian, Margaret Pestorius (44, Social Worker, Cairns), Jarrod McKenna (28, School Peace Educator, Perth) Jessica Morrison (33, University lecturer, Melbourne) and Rev. Simon Moyle (32, Baptist Minister, Melbourne) are currently moving towards a live-fire area. They call on the Australian and US forces to cease their involvement in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and the undeclared war in Pakistan.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I support the Bonhoeffer 4, do you?"

Peace Vigil
Fight Fire with Water is a Catholic anti-war group which holds a weekly vigil each Friday from 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. in Anzac Square, Brisbane. The group is focussed on ending military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. The vigil is a dignified gathering in which the names of people of all nationalities killed in both countries are read and candles lit in their memory. All who long for an end to war are welcome.


Online media stories from Talisman Saber 2009.

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The Samuel Hill 5
Advice on Peacemaking from the Saints

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

A Divine Society- Dave Andrews

Dave Andrews, is a mate and inspiration who continues the great tradition of hairy men with spectacles changing the world. He is pictured here with another of my favourite "hairy men with spectacles", Jarrod Saul McKenna These two blokes are all the inspiration and encouragement I need to stop shaving and celebrate change in our human community and our planet.

Dave, well known through his work with Waiters Union has written a new book, A Divine Society - The Trinity, Community and Society, launched in Brisbane in June 2009. ‘The doctrine of the Trinity - that God is one yet three without ceasing to be one - is for many people the most perplexing of all beliefs. How does one make sense of it?' Dave shows us how the Trinity can be ‘an indispensable paradigm for living together in a cruel, violent and lonely world.' Dr Chris Marshall, Senior Lecturer, Victoria University.

.Other publications and articles by Dave Andrews (all highly recommended - provocative and inspiring reading!). If you're exploring Dave's website, it's worth a look at the songs - thoughtful and challenging lyrics.