Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Greeting 2017




Welcome to the season of Easter. Yes,it runs much longer than tomorrow's public holiday and the end of Easter specials on offer.
Thanks to joy filled Christianity there are 50 days for the greetings, the chocolate, the hot cross buns, and the 'Alleluia" refrain that will echo with hope in worshipping communities.
As we Christians complete our Easter celebrations on June 4th we will join our sisters and brothers of Islam who will commence their holy season of Ramadam on May 27 .
Truly this is a season of new life, peace among peoples and universal hope for the future of our planet, May this time of renewal and peace find a home in our hearts.


The tee-shirt I wore to services on Good Friday and for the Easter Vigil. Alongside the First eoples image of the cross is the sticker placed on each of us who attended the Lamentations at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Dormition of Our Lady, Mt Gravatt The Easter spirit is captured in the burst of light across the top of the tee.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Catholics Called to Stop Adani

Stop Adani

The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane have called on Catholics to join the movement to stop the develoment of the Adani Coal mine in Queensland.

In his landmark encyclical of 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the need to phase out the use of fossil fuels in the world economy to respond to the climate crisis:
 
Many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms, simply making efforts to reduce some of the negative impacts of climate change. However, many of these symptoms indicate that such effects will continue to worsen if we continue with current models of production and consumption. There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy. Worldwide there is minimal access to clean and renewable energy… (No. 26)
 
Right now, one of the world’s largest coal mines is on the verge of being constructed in Queensland.  The Adani project will ship tens of millions of tonnes of coal annually when in full production.  A coalition of environmental and community groups is campaigning to stop the Adani project.  The Commission encourages Catholics to join these efforts.  To find out more information on the Adani project and what you can do to stop this project, go to: 
www.stopadani.com/


The Commission stands in solidarity with the Wangan Jagalingou people and is pleased that the legislation re The Native Title Bill  has not been passed.


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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Open Letter to the Bishops of Australia


Catholics for Renewal has drafted the following letter in consultation with many Catholics strongly committed to the teachings of Jesus and their Church. People of the Church, including our bishops, have been distressed by the increasing failings of our Church, particularly in the context of the evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Australian Catholics are invited to consider and sign below the Open Letter to the Bishops of Australia.The Open Letter provides an opportunity, consistent with the Church’s Code of Canon Law, for the faithful - lay people, religious, priests, all members of the Church - to seek renewal of the Church. The Open Letter may be signed online BELOW, or via download hard copy HERE or say after Sunday Mass.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Gilbert Baker RIP

Gilbert Baker, Creator of the Rainbow Flag, International Symbol of LGBTQ Pride, has Died at 65. Official obituary and opportunity to post condolences here.

Media reports:



My meditation space includes the rainbow colours of the flag designed by Gilbert Baker.I have used the rainbow flag colours as an expression of my queer spirituality in  private reflection and public art.

The rainbow flag colours have changed over the years of its rich history. The most moving and stirring story of the contemporary six colours of the flag feature in the words and music of Judy Small, Let the Rainbow Shine



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Supporting the Voice of the Pacific Islands on Climate Change


Congrats and well done to my  Archbishop, Mark Coleridge of Brisbane for his participation in this campaign. What a  a great photo and one I suggest should be displayed in every parish church of the Archdiocese instead of the formal one currently in use.

Let's get behind this campaign:

You are invited to take part in a campaign(s) towards a congregational voice on climate change and the pacific islands.
Facebook campaign
  1. Create a poster (hand written or typed) with the wording
Climate change isn’t a joke.
We need climate action now.
  • You can make it specific by adding a location. For example: “Climate Change isn’t a joke in PNG. We need climate action now.”
  1. Take a photo of yourself or others holding the poster.
  2. Send the photo to info@pacificclimatewatch.com.au
  3. It will be posted on the Pacific Climate Watch Facebook page and website.
Video
  1. Create a 30-100 second video
  2. Topic: Climate Change isn’t a joke. We need climate action now.
  3. Send the video to info@pacificclimatewatch.com.au
It will be posted on the Pacific Climate Watch Facebook page and website (please see our Facebook page for recently posted videos).

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Aplology from Christian Churches to those Who Live with Diverse Sexuality

Please join this online petition to apologize to gay/lesbianTIQ folk for the hurt and damage caused by the Christian Church. Let us build this movement  towards a national change of heart in Australia :
An apology to my LGBTIQ+ friends, and to all who have been adversely affected by the teachings and behaviour of Christians and their churches
EQUALVOICES.ORG.AU