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
It's Father Dave here, and I'm glad to be with you as once again I find
myself in the middle of a great big fight.
Unfortunately it's not a boxing match this time, but a fight for
justice on behalf of my friend, Sheikh Mansour Leghaei, who is under
threat of imminent deportation by the Australian government.
Unfortunately, in this sort of fight, you not only don't get a referee,
you don't even get to see the face of your opponent!
I won't go into all the details of Mansour's case here. You
can get the full history and details on www.savethesheikh.com
and I'd encourage you to read all about it
there if you're not familiar with the case.
Let it suffice here to say that those of us who support Mansour believe
that he is an innocent victim of a mistaken security assessment, and we
take exception to the fact that because he is not an Australian citizen
he is apparently not entitled to a fair trial under Australian law! We
also believe that the deportation of this peace-maker and
will be a significant blow to relationships between Christians and
Muslims in our community.
I've had plenty to say in the media over the last few weeks on this
matter and I've received lots of wonderful emails of gratitude and
support (mainly from local Muslim people) as well as my share of
nasty and threatening emails and phone calls (all
people). It's a strange world we live in!
If you'd like to join the campaign for 'A Fair Shake for the
Sheikh' here are three ways you can help:
Print out and get signatures for the Save
the Sheikh Petition (and return it to us ASAP)
Turn up for the 'Unity for the Community'
BBQ scheduled for Sunday March 28 (details here)
Join us in a Conference Call
Sheikh on Sunday evening (details here)
Join us for our Easter Saturday Prayer
Vigil (details here), where we will be praying
The Sheikh and his family
Relationships between Christians and
Muslims and all persons in our community
That every person in this country
should be given the right to a fair trial,
regardless of their race or creed or citizenship.
The Prayer Vigil
will go for 24 hours straight, from Easter Saturday
morning at 9am right through until
when we will conclude
our prayers with our Easter worship service. If you can't
make it in person (because you live in Saskatchewan)
I invite you to join us in prayer at that time nonetheless.
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the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And
the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, "This man receives
sinners and eats with them." So
he told them this parable ...
Thus begins a series of three of Jesus'
most famous stories - the lost
sheep, the lost
coin and the prodigal
son. The stories are easy to remember. What is easy to
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Let me leave you with something light today - a video about the funny
side of terrorism (if such a thing exists). It's an American
production but I suspect it sums up pretty well what all our security
services are capable of. Click here.
May the Lord bless and strengthen
you for the work to which you have been called.