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Date for ezine: 31-08-2010
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 Father Dave here in post-election Australia, where nobody is quite sure who is in charge any more!

In my last ezine I was lamenting the fact that Australians were being forced to choose between a giant douche and a turd sandwich (see South Park's great debate).  Since then the people of this country have spoken, and made it quite clear that we're not particularly keen on either candidate!

The one encouraging thing about the Australian election was that there was a marked swing towards the Greens party and towards the Independents, who now appear as the only political entities in this country that still have a conscience!

So now it appears that the major parties will have to work with the conscience candidates in order to gain real power!  The bigger question of course is whether this is likely to lead to greater attention being given to the major humanitarian and justice issues that plague this country - combating prejudice, showing compassion to refugees, ending the practice of detention and deportation without trial, etc.  

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Personally, I am not holding my breath, waiting for progress to be made by our politicians. Yet I am not pessimistic, for I am entirely confident in the capacity of ordinary persons like you and me to make an enormous difference to our communities and our countries.

Our screening of 'Corner Store' a few weeks back was a wonderful example of how community education and attitude-change can work at a local level.  It was a joint effort between our Anglican, Catholic and Islamic communities.  We dialogued, broke bread together and, of course, watched a movie. We learnt more about Palestine and the problems facing people immigrating from East to West. We challenged long-ingrained prejudices and we built community - all in a single Sunday afternoon! 

Real progress in society is never likely to come from the top down. The characters at the pinnacle of the political heap will always be answerable, first and foremost, to the elite in society - to big businesses and power-players.  That isn't going to change in a hurry.  Real change has to come from people like you and me who are answerable to no one but the Almighty.  And real change can take place. I see it happening all the time. So keep on blogging the truth, organising your local events, and standing up for justice and truth whenever occasion permits.  Together we can be the change that our world is aching for..
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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 Fighting-Fathers.com members.

Amongst this month's tweets you'll find links to my own latest sermons and articles, and you'll also find updates on my dear friend, Mordechai Vanunu, who has just served another torturous term in solitary confinement at the hands of the Israeli authorities.

I'd also highly recommend "in Search of the Real Islam" - a video that appears on the website of the American national Catholic weekly. It's a brief sketch of the real history of Islam and its relationship to the West, with particular reference to the current 'Ground Zero Mosque' controversy

On a lighter note, I'd also recommend the fascinating video from A.J.Jacobs -  a Jewish agnostic and journalist - who attempted to spend a year living by every precept in the Bible.  Jacobs' experience is very revealing!

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Virtual Pulpit: The Secular Jesus!

"One Sabbath, when [Jesus] went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?" But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. And he said to them, "Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?" And they could not reply to these things." (Luke 14:1-6)

This sort of scene is not unfamiliar in the Gospel stories. Indeed, in Luke's narrative you get two such Sabbath controversies alongside each other, in chapters 13 & 14
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What really struck me, as I read these two narratives side by side, was how Jesus really didn't engage at a theological level with his religious contemporaries at all.  Indeed, the truth is that Jesus almost never engaged in theological argument with anyone!  In scenes like the one above, Jesus' religious peers are focused on the religious issue of obedience to the law . Jesus seems to be more concerned with the needs of hurting people!

There was something remarkably secular - even irreligious - about Jesus and the way He conducted his ministry, and certainly that was the perception of the religious establishment of the time.

Hit the play button if you'd like to hear more of what I have to say on this passage, or get the written version here

Note that you can download the MP3 version of this sermon (and all the sermons of the Fighting Fathers) from the Fighting Fathers Audio Sermon Library



Video of the Month: Christians v Lions '99

I got all nostalgic this month and decided to upload some clips of media coverage we received between 1996 and 1999!  

The clips include coverage of my first shot at a kickboxing title, a short piece on my role in training female fighters, and the current affairs story I've embedded here on the right,  covering our "Christians vs. Lions" fundraiser from 1999.

I remember this event with special fondness as it included a 'Celebrity Death Match' between myself and my good friend Paul 'Pitbull' Grima.

Paul is one of the toughtest-looking guys you'll ever meet and his fight record  matches his appearance.


Paul was Australian and South Pacific welterweight kickboxing champion, a prestigious boxer, and he seems to have tatts covering almost every inch of his body.  Paul is also one of the most big-heated gentlemen I have ever met, and he'll do anything to help out young people or the sport of kickboxing. We never would have been able to keep our Youth Centre going all those years without Paul's invaluable support.

Anyway, it seems like a lifetime ago now when I was that thin and fit!  Ironically though, both Paul and I are still doing the same thing! We're still training fighters, still working with young people, and still getting thumped around!  I guess a time will come when both of us should retire from the ring completely, but with the cumulative effect of the hits to the head, neither of us is likely to recognise that time when it comes.

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OK fighter, it's time to bring this month's ezine to a close, but before I let you go I have a few more things I want to share with you:
  • Firstly, in case you missed it, my good friend Sheikh Mansour Leghaei launched our first episode of "Inter-Faith Radio" on August 12th.  Unfortunately we had enormous technical problems getting a good connection with Esfahan, Iran.  Even so, we hammered out something and hopefully it's only the first installment of many greater episodes to come.  You'll find it at the top of the Global Talk Radio list here.

  • Secondly, Fighting Father Alan Lonergan from Ireland has put together a collection of my writings on Gaza and published them in PDF format under the title of Fighting the Good Fight - Father Dave on Gaza. Alan runs a fantastic site called 'Sadaka' (which is an Arabic word meaning 'friendship') which is the home of the 'Ireland Palestinian Alliance'. I'd encourage you to look over the site, and I'd also encourage you to download a copy of the publication. You'll find it in the 'Social Justice' section of the Fighting Fathers Free eBook and Software Library. You can also download it directly using this link.

  • Thirdly, we are at the 'Interview Stage' for the Caretaker/Youth Worker position at Binacrombi Bush Camp, but the position has not been finalised yet. If you think you have the skills to manage a remote property, like working with young people, and (ideally) love fight-training and dirt-bike riding, you may be the person we are looking for. Hit me back with an email to express your interest.

  • And finally, let me encourage you to pray and do everything you can this month for the people of Pakistan.  The flooding there seems to have brought on a humanitarian disaster of terrible proportions. Apparently one fifth of the entire country has been under water!  I find that hard to imagine.  You can find more details on Avaaz.org, where you can also make a donation.  Click here.

OK, my friend. Please send me your feedback on the ezine and stay in touch.  I'll hope to hear from you soon.  In the meantime, may the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.

Your brother in the Good Fight,

Dave

www.fatherdave.org

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