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Date for ezine: 30-11-2010
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

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.

In 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 done!

Not only did it serve to bring local Christians, Muslims and Jews together in creative dialogue, but we managed to raise  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.

In 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!

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In truth, this must be some sort of record, as I have never actually been made rector 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:
  • A formal dinner on 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.

  • Christmas Concert on Sunday December 5th, starting at 7pm. Dulwich Hill's own community choir (the 'Jubilate Singers') will be performing carols and excerpts from Handel's Messiah. 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.  

  • A Celebratory 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.
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This Month's Quiz: Not the-Bible-Sex-Quiz!
(and the Bible-Sex-Quiz competition)
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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 lack imagination?

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Think up some more questions for a Bible Sex Quiz. They have to be clever, not too easy, and, most importantly, the questions should teach the questioner something.

  4. 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 or - 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 people.

And then watch out for the fantastic new quiz we'll be featuring next month!

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Father Dave

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Virtual Pulpit: Jesus' Best Joke!
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 18:9-14)

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 before!
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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 may be the entire key to 'getting' the joke.

Confused? All will be revealed when you hit the play button below,  or you can 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: Norman Finkelsten pays us a visit!

Our 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 became (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.

The event was MC'd by the great Aussie journalist, Antony Loewenstein, who is also co-founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices.  The excerpt of the interview included here  begins with Antony's questions about the so-called 'Peace Process'. You can access all four parts of the inteview directly via this playlist.

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OK fighter, it's time for me to let you go, but let me first share three more very quick but important things:

  • Firstly, 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 the WBO 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!

  • Not quite as high profile but also very exciting, was the recent amatuer debut of 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.

  • And perhaps the greatest win of all in recent times has come to my old sparring partner, 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.
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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 been called.

Your brother in the Good Fight,


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