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,
is the beginning of a new reality.
Dom Helder Camara
We've been having a dynamic time here in Dulwich Hill - our Youth Centre and Playgroup are bursting with life, our Fight Club continues to pummel away, while the choir sings, the congregation prays, and worship of Christ in the Eucharist somehow holds it all together.
Certainly the highlight of the last month for me was the visit of Fighting Father Miko Peled to our community. That's him with me on the right. I'm dressed in my training gear as I was hoping to do a few rounds with him. Miko isn't quite dressed for a fight, and indeed this photo was taken right after he gave his address in our church building, but don't be fooled by his conservative experience. Miko's philosophy is that the more radical your message, the more conservative you dress!
Miko is a 6-degree black belt in karate and an instructor by trade, but that wasn't the main reason for his visit to us. Miko is a peace activist, and he came to share with us his vision for justice and peace in the Middle East, and for reconciliation between Jews and Palestinians.
Miko is a beautiful man, and a true Fighting Father - seemlessly blending his love
of the fighting arts with his passion for justice and peace. It was a great privilege for us to meet him and to have him join us at Dulwich Hill.
I won't go into details here about the content of his message as we've now uploaded the videos of Miko's entire address, and we've included my one-on-one interview with Miko as video of the month below. Enjoy!
Of course there's been lots of other stuff going on, some of which is captured in the pics below.
It has been a wonderful month, but very tiring. A lot of people ask me how where I find the energy to keep going. I find that there are two keys to making it through the long rounds:
Having a great team in your corner (thank you Ange, Ray, Narelle, Jim, Denning, Mungo, Keith, Caine ...)
Getting a decent break between rounds.
Enjoy the rest of the ezine, and keep your hands up!
click the pics to see the full-size images
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"Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a wall around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went abroad. When harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenant farmers to collect his produce. But the farmers took his servants and beat one, killed another, and attacked another with stones...
Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenant farmers saw his son, they said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come on, let's kill him and get his inheritance!' So they grabbed him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard returns, what will he do to those farmers?" (Matthew 21:33-40)
This is one of my favourite parables. I appreciate that it's not one of the beloved classics (like the parable of the Prodigal Son or the Lost Sheep) but for me it captures the dark side of our world so accurately that it chills me.
While Jesus was certainly targeting the leaders of first century Israel with this parable, the scenes of senseless violence and mayhem seem entirely contemporary, and hence the question with which the parable concludes - 'when will justice come?' - is the question we are all asking.
You can read the written version of this sermon here, download the MP3 from the member site (and leave your feedback) here, or click the play button below to listen now.
Certainly it was one of the highlights of the year for me to meet Miko Peled while he was in Australia. A Fighting Father in every sense - Miko combines his love of the martial arts with a heartfelt passion for justice and peace.
In case you don't know Miko's story, he was born in Israel to a prominent Jewish family. His dad in fact was one of the leading Generals in the 1967 six-day war! But after the war his parents committed themselves to working for peace with their Palestinian neighbours, and Miko and his sister Nurit have followed in their parents footsteps.
Miko's insights are fascinating and his credentials are impeccable. Moreover, his willingness to abandon the privileges of his birth to endure vilification and persecution for the sake of truth makes him an inspiration.
I hope you've enjoyed this month's ezine, Fighter. Before I let you go though I must tell you a little about my participation in the Masters' Boxing competition at the recent Masters' Games in Adelaide.
Yes, in case you didn't hear, I'm competing again, this time in the Olympics for old guys - the 'Masters' Games'.
The pic on the right features me with fellow competitor, Fighting Father Mungo McCall, taken just before we headed off to compete (You'll see we're already wearing our red and blue corner competition singlets). Mungo competed in the Super Heavyweight division and I was in the 75kg division, and we both picked up medals. I got the silver and Mungo the bronze!