Subject for ezine:
Partners in the Good Fight
Father Dave's Partner's Ezine
in the Good Fight
one man dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all dream together, it
is the beginning of a new reality.
Dom Helder Camara
you probably already know, it's been a helluva time for me over the
last week or two. I've found myself plunged into public
controversy again and have been on the front page of a number
of papers, and this time I really wasn't looking for the publicity.
decision to invite Anthony Venn-Brown - an openly gay man - to share
his story with our
congregation earned me censure from the Diocese. I'm told I was naive
not to have anticipated the response, though I did anticipate
the media interest once the story broke (see, for example, here).
continued support for Sheikh Mansour - our local Islamic cleric - also
got me on the front page this week but
caused less controversy. Perhaps in his case people realise that my
support for him as
a friend (and a victim of injustice) doesn't necessarily mean that I've
changed my religion (any more than my support for Anthony means that
I've changed my sexual orientation).
other really big news from the Dulwich Hill camp was that our dear
brother Solomon Egberime successfully defended his Australian Light
Welterweight title last week.
of the thumbnail images below (on the left) is my favourite pic from
the night. That's me with Solomon and his son Nicko, right after the
fight. You can click the thumbnail to see it full-size.
And as if one champion fighter wasn't enough for this club, young Ray
Ingram followed up Solomon's victory by winning the 81kg division in
the National Indigenous
Boxing Titles, held in Brisbane the next day! That's Ray
in the next thumbnail (second from the left)!
And the other great thing we did here recently was enjoy an ecumenical
night of 'Prayers,
Bangers & Boxing' with the Catholic Community of St John,
We began the night with prayers and singing, and then
barbecued an enormous pile of sausages (ie. 'bangers') before
inviting the visitors to compete for the 'I thumped Father Dave'
trophy. As ever, there were no shortage of contenders.
So it's been a big week of fighting for us here in Dulwich Hill, though
not all of them have been ring fights. The good news is that
we seem to be winning most of our battles, though I'm
conscious that with some of them we are still in the early rounds.
the thumbnails to see the full-size pics
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comes through that the British have now lost more soldier in
Afghanistan than they did in Iraq (see figures here),
Father Ciaron O'Reilly has been arrested
again, protesting military exercises for troops being deployed in
Afghanistan. You can read the story of Ciaron's
arrest here or listen to him talk about
the situation in an interview he did with Eco Radiohere.
Antony Loewenstein reports from the West Bank that he sees few signs of
any impending peace. You can read his report here
or see some amazing video footage he took in Gaza here.
the Silence' published a stunning series of
confessions from IDF soldiers about atrocities committed in the Gaza
assault. The publication was denounce by the Israeli government but
received strong support from Jewish peace activist Uri Avnery in this article.
published a whole new series of sermons to the online sermon and
Yes, here it is! Once you've listened to it, you may well
wonder why this man's visit was the cause of so much controversy. Even
so, Anthony has an important story to share, and I commend it to you
(nb. if you'd prefer to listen to this MP3 later, you can download it
from our member site)..
Virtual Pulpit: 2 Sermons on
said, "Have the people sit down." Now there was plenty of grass
in that place. So the men sat down, numbering about 5,000. Then Jesus
took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were
seated. He also distributed the fish, as much as they wanted. (John
It had to be one of Jesus' most spectacular miracles, and is probably
the best remembered. Even so, it has to be one of the most
pointless uses Jesus ever made of his miraculous powers! No
one is saved from death through this miracle. No souls are
saved and no one is healed. So why does Jesus bother? You'll get
my answer by clicking the play
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they had found [Jesus] on the other side of the sea, they asked him, "Rabbi, when did you get here?"
Jesus replied to them, "Truly,
truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs,
but because you ate the loaves and were completely satisfied.
person once told me:
What we see depends on what we
are looking at.
What we hear depends on who we
are listening to
And the answers we receive in
life depend largely on the questions we ask
Perhaps that's the key to
understanding why Jesus is so rough with these guys who ask him a very
simple question - When
did you get here?' It appears that they were
asking the wrong
Video of the Week:
Father Dave on Lonely Planet TV
that with all the heavy
material that I was covering in this ezine,
it might be fitting to add a video that is a bit of fun.
For those who aren't familiar, Lonely
Planet put out a series of guide books for tourists. They
also produce a less well-known TV show, called "Lonely Planet TV'.
that screens occasionally on the ABC and more regularly on airlines,
informing passengers about imminent destinations.
My appearance was (obviously) as a part of the Sydney episode of
the series, where presenter Toby Amies (who turned out to
be a lovely guy) visited out gym to
chat to my pro-wrestler mate, Phil Picasso, as well as to me.
I remember that Lonely
covered me singing 'Pretty
Vacant' as part of a fundraiser at the local
pub, but unfortunately the remaining Sex Pistols
wouldn't give them
permission to screen it.
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Before I let you go today I've got a couple
of favors to ask you.
In response to a Twitter
invitation I've applied to be Action Aid Australia's
next Outreach Blogger.
This would involve using my next holiday to travel to a developing community
somewhere (possibly Gaza) and teach local people how to use blogs and
social media to share their stories.
sounded like a brilliant idea to me, and I figured I was uniquely
qualified to do the job. If you agree with me, would you leave a
word of support for my application here. Just leave a comment on
their blog along the lines of 'Father
Dave is your man'. I'll let you know how I progress.
Finally, if you'd like to make a very
tangible difference in the
life of one family living in Occupied Palestine, consider donating a
couple of dollars to help rebuild the home of brothers Abdullah, Hamad,
and Mohammed Soleiby, who had their family home recently destroyed by
You'll get the full story here,
and can make a donation of any amount through Paypal. I only put
in a few dollars, but if we all did the same, we'd rebuild their home
and restore their farm, and let them know that there are people all
around the world who do
That's plenty for today, my friend.
May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work
to which you have been called.
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