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, it
is the beginning of a new reality.
Dom Helder Camara
a happy Pentecost to you!
Sunday fell on May 31st this year, and it's the celebration of the
birth of the church.
you're familiar with the story of Pentecost (as recorded in the Book of
Acts, chapter 2) it's a story of people coming together from every
corner of the globe to build a new spiritual community.
a beautiful story that reminds us that unity with diversity is the very
essence of the church, and it's been an appropriate time for us here in
Dulwich Hill to celebrate our own diversity.
you'll see from the pics below, we held our own feast to celebrate the
new citizenship of some of the Sierra Leonian members of our
congregation, and it was a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect upon
the diversity of our community here, which brings together black and
white people, young and old,
professional academics and professional fighters.
community is possible, and it's the very calling of the
church to demonstrate that possibility to the world. So this Pentecost
let's renew our commitment to helping to build a diverse but unified
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interesting stuff to pass on to you this week:
Our teleconference with Ciaron O'Reilly
has now been published as a streaming audio on our member site.
missed the live call, don't miss this excellent and inspiring exchange.
VIP members can also download the MP3 of the podcast by right clicking here
and choosing 'save
target as' (nb. you may need your username and password).
African Archbishop Desmond Tutu declares
that "God is not a
while making a blistering attack on both the church's hypocrisy and the
world's failure to solve the Israel/Palestine issue. Click here.
Pilger makes a devastating critique of Obama's first 100 days
in office, while Israeli peace activist Uri
Avnery sees the American President's contribution as subtle
Father Bob Birch
posts an excellent critique of Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Julia
Gillard's, plans to make a friendly visit to to Israel. Click here to visit Bob's blog.
Evangelicals with a sense of humor, check out the iBible.
One of our
beloved Nigerian parishioners, Solomon Egberime, will be fighting
for the Australian Junior Welterweight title on June 12th. I
plan to travel to Brisbane to assist him in the corner. Expect some
good news and plenty of pics in the next ezine.
we'll be doing another teleconference call - this time
with Brother Andrew Blair, a dear brother who was born female but 'crossed the gender divide'
as an adult. Andy has spent his life ministering to people on the
margins, and has extraordinary insight into issues of life and faith
and human sexuality.
hoping that as many as possible will join us for this call on Sunday at
10pm (Sydney time). Fighting-Fathers.com
VIP members can find full details here. (nb. you will need you
username and password to access this page). Free
members can get access to the dial-in number and details here.http://www.igroops.com/members/fightingfathers/tele
Virtual Pulpit: There's Room for Everybody!
"The crowd rushed together and
was startled because each one heard
the disciples speaking in his own language.
Stunned and amazed, they
asked, "All of these people who are speaking are Galileans, aren't
they? So how is it that each one of us hears them speaking in his own
native language? We are Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from
Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia,
Egypt, the district of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome. We
are Jews, proselytes, Cretans, and Arabs. Yet we hear them telling in
our own tongues the great deeds of God!" (Acts 2:5-11)
is the story of how the church began, with the author of the story
giving us this almost tedious list of the different countries of origin
represented in the crowd. A point is being made - that
everybody was there and that everyone is invited to join the community.
There's a lesson here for the contemporary church, and you'll
get my angle on it by clicking the play
prefer the written version of this sermon, you'll find it here.
Bouchebel is a true multi-cultural figure - a Lebanese man
who lives in California, visiting Sydney to talk about World
work in the Middle East.
Jean is truly a mediatorial figure,
who tries to work with Christians of all traditions as well as with
Muslims and Jews. His goal in Sydney was to build bridges between World
Vision and the Arabic churches of the diaspora.
Jean and I talked about his work, his personal history, and his views
on how the situation in Israel/Palestine
affected the welfare of Arabic people across the Middle East.
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OK mate, it's time for me to leave you in
peace for another week, but can I ask for your prayers before I let you
Life is always a battle here, but things seem have turned particularly
nasty here of late. There was a fair bit of aggression and vandalism at
our Youth Centre this week, to an extent that is truly out of
character. And then I found out yesterday that another of our lads has
He isn't exactly a parishioner, but certainly a part of our broader
community - an occasional member of the Fight Club, and a guy who
we've tried to get down to Binacrombi, to help him get his life
together. Apparently he was involved in some horrible armed
hold-up that went terribly wrong. Numerous people were shot, though
nobody, thankfully, was killed.
Anyway, between the violence and the crazy behavior on the streets I
think I'm going to have my work cut out for me this week and I could do
with your prayers.
I'll hope to catch you on the teleconference with
Brother Andy this Sunday night.
May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work
to which you have been called.