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Date for ezine: 02-08-2010
Subject for ezine: Partners in the Good Fight

Father Dave's Partner's Ezine

Partners in the Good Fight

When 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

Welcome Fighter

It's Federal Election time here in Oz, and I don't remember ever feeling quite so disillusioned with the whole political process.  I know that it's generally considered highly inappropriate for a priest to share his voting intentions publicly, but I'm a highly inappropriate person, so you'll have to forgive me if I speak my mind.

The Labor Party is in power, and I am technically still a Labor Party member but, I've frankly been looking for the right time to burn my ticket after the way the Government treated my deported friend, Sheikh Mansour.

Of course the problem is that the only real alternative on offer to the current government is even worse, promising cuts to Public Health services and an even harsher policy on refugees.

I saw the tail-end of a South Park episode the other night where there was an election battle going on and the two candidates were a giant douche and a turd sandwich. I checked, and the episode came out in 2004, and I doubt if it was produced with Australia in mind. Even so, it seemed strikingly apt.  
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And perhaps the most depressing thing about all the electioneering I see around me is that most of it seems to be aimed at exploiting people's greed. It all seems to be about which political party is likely to put more money in your hip pocket, which is nothing new, but I still find it depressing.

What happened to idealism in this country? Why isn't anyone concerned about bringing our boys home from Afghanistan? Why aren't either of the major parties advocating a more compassionate response to refugees who are fleeing here from countries that we've been bombing? And why isn't the Christian community making its voice heard on issues of mercy and justice, instead of obsessing over the threat that public schools may teach ethics as an alternative to Religious Education?

Well, if you share in any of my disillusionment, I hope you'll find some respite in this ezine, where I'm going to invite you to a great movie-event, introduce you to some fantastic people, reflect with you on some inspiring Scripture, and hopefully equip you with more strategies and strength for the days ahead.

For your diary: 'The Corner Store'
Sunday August 8th at 2pm, Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill - you are invited to a Community Benefit Screening of 'The Corner Store'.

'Corner Store' is a documentary movie about a Palestinian man who works in a corner store in San Fransisco where he waits for his family to join him. The New York Times calls it "a moving insight into one man's struggle to reconcile the kinship he feels for his adopted Bay Area home with his Middle Eastern roots."

Not only won't you find this movie screening anywhere else in Australia, but our screening will feature two special guests who have never appeared before in the country:
  • Father Labib Kobti - pastor of St Thomas More Catholic Church in San Fransisco - who will introduce the movie to us.

  • Katherine Bruens - the Producer of the movie - who will dialogue with us after the screening and answer questions.
Both special guests will join us via a Skype linkup live from San Fransisco. Entry is by donation, with all proceeds contributing towards the costs of completing the movie.

Corner Store

Sunday August 8 at 2pm. A light meal will be served in the Church Hall before the screening from 1pm.

Holy Trinity Church, corner of Herbert and Seaview Streets, Dulwich Hill, Australia.

Click here (or the pic above) to download an A4-sized movie poster

This Month's Freebie: Understanding ADHD

ADHD audio package

This month's member's freebie is designed to bring relief and understanding to all of us who deal with children or adults who've been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or with people who we think probably should be thus diagnosed.

The package is fundamentally an audio interview with an expert in the field that details:
  • How to know if your child has ADHD
  • How to distinguish ADHD from regular bad behavior
  • Treatment options for ADHD children and adults
  • Coping strategies for parents with ADHD children
As well an MP3 audio of the interview there is a transcript of the interview in PDF format.  The package also includes a series of short articles covering different aspects of living and working with the disorder.

This product is  FREE today for all members. Click the pic to go to the salespage and find out more about the product (but don't pay for it there). Click here to download it free of charge.  Of course, the link will only work if you are already a member at If you're not, click here to sign up for the one-month free trial (and yes, you can still download all the free software when you're on the trial).

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Father Dave

What's News
On the right is the Twitter Feed of my 50 most recent posts.  I use Twitter to log my online activity and promote the work of our members.

From the list this week, I'd particularly recommend the revealing video where Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu admits that he deceived the US to destroy the Oslo accord. On a similar subject I'd also highly recommend the scholarly work done by Fighting Father Peter Menkin in his report on the recent recommendations of the American Presbyterian Assembly on the US-Israel relationship.

And you'll also find the latest site that Webmaster Jim and I are working on - -  a site to fight prejudice and build friendships.

We'll be stoking up with lots of videos and audio interviews over the coming weeks, and I hope to also use it as a portal to the radio show that Sheikh Mansour and I are trying to put together (but which we still don't have a launch date for)

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Virtual Pulpit: Jesus and the Starship Enterprise

"They arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs." (Luke 8:26-27)

To be quite honest, I'm not a Star Trek fan. Even so, I always loved the mission statement that was a part of the title sequence of every episode of the original Star Trek series: Space... the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.
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Where was it that Jesus travelled that day? Nobody is quite sure where 'The Gadarenes' was. The Gospel writers aren't even sure it was the Gadarenes He was visiting! The one thing we do know is that, wherever He was, He had gone somwehere where no man had gone before (no self-respecting Jewish man, at any rate). And he found some strange things there - strange people and animals with odd customs - worthy of a Star Trek episode.
Hit the play button if you'd like to hear the rest of the adventure or get the written version here.

You can download the MP3 version of this sermon (and all the sermons of the Fighting Fathers) from the Fighting Fathers Sermon Library

Meet Fighting Father Labib

I thought this month I'd re-introduce to you my good friend, Father Labib Kobti,  wiho will be introducing our movie, "Corner Store".

Labib is Parish Priest of St Thomas More Church in San Fransisco - the church with the largest Arabic-speaking congregation on the West Coast of the USA! Labib also founded the first online Palestinian Human Rights site,

This interview took place more than a year ago, when I spent a week as Labib's guest while attending a conference nearby. Since then Labib has undergone a kidney transplant, but he hasn't given up the fight!

Want to contact Labib? Send him an email or video message through the Fighting Fathers Messaging system.

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OK fighter, it's time for me to pour myself another drink and get on with lamenting the state of the country!
In truth though, I do have one useful suggestion for all Australians voting in this coming election. Write the words "Justice for Sheikh Mansour" along the top of your ballot paper. Whoever you vote for, include this plea on your ballot paper and let your local politican know that you care about justice for all Australians.

I am told on good authority that writing on your ballot paper definately will not invalidate your vote unless:
  • You also identify yourself (eg. by signing your name under the statement) or
  • You add something abusive. 
If enough voters write this on their ballot papers, the scrutineers will report it back to the candidates and we will be heard. Whether the politicians will do anything about it is, of course, another matter, but if we do nothing, we can be sure that they will do nothing.

In closing, let me remind you that we are still looking for a new caretaker family to take the reigns at Binacrombi Bush Camp. We've had two applicants thus far and plenty of positive interest. Even so, the position is still open at this stage and all you need to do is email me if you'd like to apply.

I'll hope to see you at the movie screening on Sunday. May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.

Your brother in the Good Fight,


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