Thursday, January 20, 2011

Why I Don't 'Follow" the Leaders

The happy looking chaps in this image are  leaders of five Christian churches who will come together over the coming months to conduct a series of free gatherings for the first time across south-east Queensland.

Without trying to read too much into the graphic the happy chappies smiling out at us are:  Archbishop John Bathersby (Roman Catholic in the middle wearing the purple zucchetto, a great word for scrabble players!!)), Archbishop Phillip Aspinall (Anglican Church just below the Catholics, whoopsie,I do hope that Catholic Media didn't do the pic!) Reverend Bruce Johnson (Uniting Church wearing what seems to be his favourite red tie), Reverend Noel Noack (Lutheran Church, the only one of the group wearing liturgical dress) and Reverend David Loder (Baptist Church who also seems to have a preference for red ties).

According to Catholic Archbishop John Bathersby   ‘Living Jesus’,  gatherings were a unique opportunity to be inspired by the faith of Church leaders sharing the impact Jesus has had in their lives. “I am delighted to have the privilege of publicly speaking about Jesus and His vision,” Archbishop Bathersby said

Well, I thought the Archbishop and his mates had more than enough opportunity to do that in their regular public worship services.

Are there no female Church leaders who can share their vision of Jesus?
Are there no Indigenous Church leaders who can share their vision of Jesus?
Are there no Gay or Lesbian Church leaders who can share their vision of Jesus?
Are their no young adults or young people in Church leadership  who can share their vision of Jesus
Are there no Church leaders from a Refugee background who can share their vision of Jesus?
Are there no couples in Church leadership who can share their vision of Jesus?

I wonder if I will get answers to these questions at the sessions I attend?



Saturday, January 08, 2011

Violence Religion and Solidarity


A good news story that builds on the human experience of solidarity and a vision of religion as life giving and ethical Egypt's Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as "human shields"


Washington Post Report with public coments

The top United Nations human rights official yesterday (7 January 2011) condemned the recent attacks on religious groups in various countries, and urged states to show determination to combat such violence and to scrap discriminatory laws and practices affecting religious minorities.




Thursday, January 06, 2011

People I like Reading: Joel Hodge

Biographical Information

Joel Hodge grew up in Brisbane and completed his doctorate in Studies in Religion at the University of Queensland. His dissertation was entitled “Uncovering the Secret Soul of the Sacred: mimesis and the word” and it sought to explore how Christian faith provides the basis for forgiving and non-violent resistance to violence and oppression based on RenĂ© Girard’s mimetic insight and stories collected from East Timor. Joel has an active interest in East Timor and speaks the main local language, Tetun.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Australian Women in Christian Peacemaker Team in Jerusalem


Wednesday, January 5

Thirteen people from across the Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States arrived in Jerusalem today as part of a delegation sponsored by Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). During the next several days the delegates will speak with representatives of Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights organizations. They will travel to the West Bank city of Al Khalil (Hebron) and the South Hebron Hills, where CPT's long-term Palestine team is based. They will visit Palestinian farmers and shepherds whose land and livelihoods have been threatened by expanding Israeli settlements.

Members of CPT's January 4-17 Israel/Palestine delegation are Rick Polhamus (Fletcher, Ohio, USA), Sophia Calcagno (Chicago Illinois, USA), Rocky Calcagno (Chicago Illinois, USA), Wallace Cole (Clemmons, North Carolina, USA), Laura Colee (Bloomington, Illinois, USA), Barry George (Austin Texas, USA), Cornelia de Graaf, (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Marlaina Leppert-Wahl (Lebanon Ohio, USA), Jessica Morrison (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), Carole Powell(Morayfield, Queensland, Australia), Michael Snarr (Wilmington Ohio, USA), Caroline Spoeneman (Princeton New Jersey, USA), and Jennifer Svetlik (Washington, DC, USA).

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is an initiative of the historic peace churches (Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, and Quakers) with support and membership from a range of Catholic and Protestant denominations. CPT has had a continuing presence in the West Bank since 1995.

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Claire Evans
Delegation Coordinator
Christian Peacemaker Teams
PO Box 6508
Chicago, IL 60680-6508
USA
Phone: +1-773-376-0550, Fax: +1-773-376-0549
Skype: claire.l.evans
Website: www.cpt.org

Christian Peacemaker Teams is an initiative of the historic peace churches (Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, and Quakers) with support and membership from a range of Catholic and Protestant denominations.