Live in the moment and forever

We grip a New Year’s Eve sparkler and hope it will light the year ahead.

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A majority of one

Australia’s new federal government now officially has a parliamentary majority of one after the final seat was decided by just 37 votes. It seems politics in Australia is now a game of inches, no doubt true also of the Olympics which are about to begin in Rio. Presumably the level of motivation and organisation for […]

The Presence of God

After community breakfast yesterday I visited the home of a friend, clambered over belongings 60cm deep and took in his joy at his painting on the wall. Earlier he had arrived late for breakfast but we unpacked again so we could chat while he munched on a large bowl of cereal. We prayed for his […]

Elusive Archbishop of the slums

It is easy to categorise and be categorised. In many places in society the only way to get ahead is to sublimate yourself in the colours of the tribe. But a true mark of faith and healthy personality is that you are ‘elusive’ to the box-carrying, label-making mechanisms of our world. Jesus told a man, […]

‘My struggle with Struggle Street’ – Jon Owen

As soon as I heard about SBS’s Struggle Street I thought of Jon Owen, Minister-at-large, who has a long term commitment to Mt Druitt as part of Urban Neighbourhood of Hope (UNOH). Unlike the makers of this program, he lives within the community he works with, has local people coming and going from his family’s […]

Outrage of public ‘marking’ of athlete contrasts with deathly ‘marking’ of Mosul Christians

A highly-paid athletics coach publicly criticises a highly paid athlete, in the midst of our wealthy country’s medal spree at the Commonwealth Game. Massive media space is devoted to expressions of outrage and an attempt to understand how this could happen. The coach, Eric Hollingsworth, is ‘stripped’ of his Commonwealth Games credentials and stood down […]