Subject for ezine:
Partners in the Good Fight
Father Dave's Partner's Ezine
Partners 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
the ezine is a day or two late this week, but I made an executive
decision early in the week to devote most of my spare hours
to writing this article on anti-Semitism
It wasn't an easy decision to make actually, as it involved me in
Aussie Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd (who is a man I deeply admire) for
his attack on Iranian President, Mahmoud Admadinejad - a man I
You'll remember that only a few weeks ago I interviewed
Mr Khatami - the former President of Iran and Admadinejad's
sworn enemy - and I really wasn't looking for opportunities to support
the current regime. Even so, Mr Rudd's statement that Admadinejad's
government was 'anti-Semitic'
really bothered me, and in the end I had to write something.
Anyway, the article on anti-Semitism has
been published and I'd be grateful for your comments, and even more
grateful if you don't label me as anti-Semitic
on the basis of the article.
Apart from spending an inordinate amount of time this week writing
(articles and sermons) I had a wedding, a baptism and a funeral, and
did numerous rounds in the ring.
your week like? If you'd like to tell me in person, join me this coming
Sunday in the Fighting
Fathers Web Chat Room.. If you're a
member of Fighting-Fathers.com you get
entirely free access,. and indeed, I'd love to see you there.
Just go to this URL at the appropriate time
next Sunday and click the 'launch'
The time to meet on Sunday is 10pm, Sydney time. If you want
to check how that translates into your timezone, check the Fighting Fathers Calendar for a
comprehensive lists of times and places.
This Month's Freebie (watch
not quite ready yet but look out for next week's ezine as we'll have
the first of a series of high-value software give-aways
for fighting-fathers.com members. Full members will get the
software entirely free of charge. Free members will have the
opportunity to pick it up at half price or less.
freebie will be an excellent set of videos on Twitter - how it works,
how to set up and account, and how to make the most of it.
I'm a bit Twitter-mad at the moment, so I'm keen to
get these into your hands. Watch this space!
Lots of things to share with you this week, especially for those living
May 17, Cairon O'Reilly will be our guest
preacher at our Sunday Morning Eucharist. O'Reilly is a guy who has
been arrested in more countries than I've had hot dinners in and has
done time in prisons around the world too - all for his anti-war
Of course, O'Reilly has done more than the odd silent vigil. He has
disabled Navy planes, hammered the heads of cruise missiles, poured
blood over military tarmacs, and engaged in a variety of activities
directly hampered the military action against Iraq.
In truth, I have never met this guy and I don't know exactly what to
expect of him, but I think it's going to be fun. Download this A5 flyer for more details..
May 17, at the same venue (Holy
Trinity) Dulwich Hill's own Jubilate Choir will
be presenting a choral celebration, featuring Bach's church cantatas.
In truth, I know even less about cantatas than I do about O'Reilly's
history of activism. I do know though that it will be
who appreciate my article on anti-Semitism, I
thought I'd also offer you this
compendium of recent speeches made by prominent Jewish
academics who are critical of the Israeli government in its treatment
of the Palestinian people. This is a resource well-worth
similar subject, I must recommend Caryl Churchill's play, "Seven Jewish Children".
Churchill wrote the play as a response to the Gaza assault in
January of this year. Some have also labeled the play as being
anti-Semitic. You can
decide for yourself.
totally different note, we've had more passionate forum discussion this week over
the merits of colonoscopies. Consensus seems to be that they're worth
doing, even if they are a pain in the butt!
re-published a media article this week, featuring an interview I did
after being given the local Citizen
of the Year Award again (of which I am very
And in case
you missed it, I created a video-postcard for you (featuring
a cameo appearance from baby Francesca) outlining changes that have
been made to our Fighting Fathers
member site. If you have trouble viewing the video,
it's probably because your membership has expired. If you
can't afford to renew it as a paying member, just email me
and I will rectify the situation.
just for fun, I've got to pass on to you this
video-hit, which captures the true soul of the Australian
teenager better than anything I have seen to date. Enjoy!
put this month's special events in your diary, especially if you are
going to be in or near Sydney, and if you have to travel all the way
from Montana to join us, keep in mind that you can at least make a day
of it by joining us for Fight training in the afternoon (4.30pm) which
will complete the experience.
Virtual Pulpit: The Lord is my Shepherd
"I am the good shepherd. I know
my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the
Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep." (John 10:14-15)
I think I got a bit lost with this sermon, dare I say like a stray
sheep that strayed from the plot. Even so, as in the Psalm, I
eventually found my way back home.
There's no written version of the sermon published this week, but you
can hear it in full by clicking the play button below.
When we first opened the Youth Centre in Dulwich Hill in
1994, Father Dave issued a public challenge to any and ever tough-guys
in his community: 'Do
five rounds with me in the ring. If you win, I'll buy you
dinner. If you lose, you join me in church the following Sunday!'
Even though not many came forward to take up the challenge, plenty of
media people got involved - the most exciting of which was the team
from popular kid's TV show, 'Wonder
World'. The day after this episode screen, Holy
Trinity Youth Centre was packed to the rafters, and we've been growing
keep up to date with my video uploads, subscribe to my video channel
Resource: Traffic Python (click on
Fighting Father Todd to get the full story)
Python is a new ad-exchange system that claims it guarantees
more web visitors and online advertising with little effort or
You can sign up for free, and while there are two upgrade options on
offer, neither are required in order to get the system working..
Once you've signed up, you get access to the member site, where
you create your links and ads.
For the links, you simply feed any URL's you want to promote into the
generator and it transforms them into 'Python links'.
created at least one link and one ad you just promote the new Python link instead
of the original
link you had. Every time the Python link is clicked, the page
loads with a hover ad window at the bottom, and every time
that ad links gets clicked, you earn credits
that gets your ad displayed in the ad windows of other members'
sites. The more times you promote your links, the more clicks
you get, and the more times your ads get displayed. Simple.
idea and a free source of traffic. Sign up for
Traffic Python here..
OK, my friend. That's
plenty for today.
Before I let you go though, let me say again that if you are going to
in the vicinity of Sydney on May 17 do join us for the visit of Cairon
O'Reilly and for the concert. It should be a fantastic day.
And if you
can't get there, join us online afterwards for the
video web-chat. It's a simple procedure:
From the sidebar on the left,
click the link that says 'Web
Web Video Chat'
and ... if there's no one there, you need to check the times.
And remember please that we have had some people have their free
memberships expire lately. If that's you and you're still not in a
position to afford a paid membership, that's OK. Just email me and tell me to renew your free membership.
I'll take care of it.
look forward to seeing you on Sunday if not before.