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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
Father Dave here, and I can't believe that we're approaching
Christmas again!. It seems we only just packed away
the tinsel from last year!
So much seems to have happened since we last spoke, and so much more
seems to be scheduled for the month ahead.
terms of the things that we've accomplished in the last few weeks, the
documentary movie and Skype linkup with Norman Finkelstein certainly
stands out. Indeed, it felt like one of the best things we have ever
Not only did it serve to bring local Christians, Muslims
and Jews together in creative dialogue, but we managed to
money for Gaza and enjoy a great movie - all at the same time!
A segment of the interview we did with Dr Finkelstein is included
below. I hope you get as much out of it as we did.
terms of the events scheduled for the coming weeks, you may be
surprised to know that what is consuming the bulk of our energies here
at the moment is not Christmas preparations yet (which we'll get to
eventually) but a celebration of great personal significance for me -
the anniversary of my 20th year in the parish!
truth, this must be some sort of record, as I have never actually been
of the Parish. In other words, in the eyes of the ecclesiastical
authorities I'm still a casual rather than a permanent. I was sent here
20 years ago in a part-time capacity to oversee the closure of the
place, as Holy Trinity was considered to be 'dead on its feet'.
Now we're one of the largest churches in the region, thanks be to God,
but I'm still only here as a temp!
Anyway, technicalities aside, I'm looking forward very much to
celebrating all that has taken place in this community over the last 20
years and I am sincerely hoping that you will be a part of our
celebrations too. There are three events lined up and if you're quick
you can be a part of all of them:
Friday December 3rd at our favourite RSL Club (Petersham).
It's $40 per ticket and profits go to the Youth Centre. This
event has strictly limited numbers but there are still some spaces at
time of writing. Right-click here and choose 'save target as' to
download the info sheet that includes a tear-off section at the bottom
that you can use to book your seat.
A Christmas Concert on
December 5th, starting at 7pm. Dulwich Hill's own
community choir (the 'Jubilate
Singers') will be performing carols and excerpts from
Entry is by donation at the door with proceeds going to support
communities in the Solomon Islands. Right-click here and choose 'save target as' for
the event poster in pdf format.
Eucharist on Sunday
December 12th, followed by a community BBQ Our
time of worship begins (as usual) just after 9am, and we're
hoping that lots of our old friends as well as new can join us for the
service as well as the BBQ. We plan to have jumping castles
for the kids and a dedicated halal-meat-BBQ for our Muslim
friends. Right-click here and choose 'save target as'
I appreciate that not all our subscribers and supporters will be able
to join us but I will try to assist any and all who need help with
travel and accommodation. For those who still can't make it,
we'll try to work out how to do a live video-cast of at least a portion
of the festivities so that you can join in remotely.
click the pics to see the full-size images
Month's Quiz: Not
the-Bible-Sex-Quiz! (and the
I'm trying something new this month. In place of the free
software download (which has been proving radically unpopular) I'm
introducing a 'Quiz of
the Month' with a prize!
This quiz was supposed to the
'Bible Sex Quiz', composed entirely of salacious questions
like the one on the left. The problem I encountered was that I just
couldn't come up enough sex-related Bible questions!
This speaks volumes in itself, I think, as it reflects the fact that
the Bible (in sharp contrast to almost all other ancient religious
writings) has very little to say about sex! Or maybe I just
Anyway, this is where I thought you could help me, and I thought we
might turn it into a competition.
Help Father Dave create a Bible-Sex-Quiz Competition
Take the quiz (click here) and see how you do. Note
that the first screen you'll be taken to is where you have to pick the
prize you are playing for. If you're in the US you'll get
some extra options (such as free business cards). Otherwise you get to
play for one of my ebooks.
Take note of the questions that are
asked. Five of the ten are sex-related and five are not. I'm
afraid 5 out of 10 was all I could come up with!
Think up some more questions for a Bible Sex Quiz.
They have to be clever, not too easy, and, most importantly, the
teach the questioner something.
Email me (
) your suggested
questions (and answers, in case I can't work them out).
I need five more questions. For each question I use, you'll get one
free piece of software of your choice from either www.fightshop.biz
www.softwareresales.com - up to
the value of $100 per piece.
Feel free to submit as many questions as you like. You'll win
one prize for each question I use. In other words, you could win all
five prizes yourself or they could be shared between five different
And then watch out for the fantastic new quiz we'll be featuring next
Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in
themselves that they were righteous and despised
others: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the
other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: 'God,
I thank you that I am not like other people - robbers, evildoers,
adulterers - or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and
give a tenth of all I get.' But the tax collector stood at a distance.
He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said,
'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' ... (Luke
This has to be one of the best jokes Jesus ever told, and I've
deliberately left off the punchline, just in case you haven't heard it
All good jokes have
good punchlines, and the best jokes have punchlines that we don't
anticipate at all. In the case of Jedsus' story here, this
be the entire key to 'getting'
Confused? All will be revealed when you hit the play button
you can get the written
Video of the Month: Norman Finkelsten pays us a
interview with Dr Norman Finkelstein must be
one of the best things
we've ever done!
We gathered at the church on a Sunday afternoon -
Christians, Muslims and Jews, united in concern for the
people of Palestine and in admiration for this brilliant and
controversial academic, Dr Finkelstein.
For those who don't know 'The
Fink' he is the son of Holocaust survivors who first
(in)famous when he published 'The
Holocaust Industry' - an attack on those
who leverage the memory of the victims of
Nazi violence for political gain.
After watching Nick Rozier's excellent documentary on Finkelstein, "American Radical" we
had the privilege of crossing live to Finkestein's home in Brooklyn,
New York, where he spent the best part of an hour answering our
questions, even though it was after midnight where he was.
OK fighter, it's time for
me to let you go, but let me first share three more very quick but
I am very happy to announce that Dulwich Hill's own Solomon Egberime
proved victorious in his battle with the highly rated Daudy Bahari for
Oriental and African Junior Welterweight Title. The fight
ended in spectacular fashion when he knocked out Bahari in the ninth
round. As a result Solomon will now be
ranked no.5 in the world at his weight!
quite as high profile but also very exciting, was the recent amatuer
two of our local boys - Grant Quinlin and Ray Riley. The boys
did themselves proud with very determined performances at the Woy Woy Workers Club.
We expect more great things from these lads in the days to come.
perhaps the greatest win of all in recent times has come to my old
Fighting Father Geoff Scully, who
recently did battle with brothel owners in South East
Asia as a part of 'The
Gray Man'. Geoff has been involved in high-risk
work targetting children sold into sex-slavery. This month he
was involved in three successful 'raids',
extracting about a dozen young girls.
Geoff's achievements are a great reminder of what the real fight is all
about. It's much bigger than sports pugilism, and yet I have no doubt
at all that Geoff had to draw on all those skills that he learnt in the
ring when he went toe to toe with the pimps and slave-traders of
Thailand and Cambodia.
Stay tuned for more news on Geoff in the coming weeks as I'm hoping to
do a tele-conference with him soon where we can all ask our questions
and find out how better to support him in his work. Hopefully we'll
have Geoff involved too in our celebrations here over the next two
weeks, so if you haven't met him yet that gives you yet another good
reason to be a part of our 20-year bash!
I'll hope to see you in person very soon.
Until then, may the Lord bless and strengthen you
for the work to which you have