Saturday, 25 May 2019
1. Feed the World.
2. Make Peace.
3. A Living Wage.
4. Heal the Planet.
5. Gun Control.
6. Corporate Tax.
7. Gay Rights.
8. Equality for Women.
9. Religious Tolerance.
10. Health Care.
11. Clean Water.
All of equal importance.
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Friday, 24 May 2019
"For there is still a vision for the appointed time." Habakkuk 2:4 (NRSV)
God is the author of the Light which is coming into the world.
His Light is opening our eyes.
And opening the scriptures to us.
And His Light is manifesting in all religions and in no religion.
Progressive Christianity, the Catholic Church, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Yoga, ethics, science, activism.....
All these things are converging into a unified vision.
A vision that will save us from the darkness which has engulfed us.
Follow your heart.
And move towards the Light.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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Thursday, 23 May 2019
It is time to give our support to the United Nations.
Rather than obstructing their work and withholding funds we should return the United Nations to its rightful place in the world.
The Sustainable Development Goals are realistic targets for the year 2030.
We should support these targets and do all we can to assist their realization.
There are many agencies attached to the United Nations that can realistically help solve the world's problems.
We should all support this work.
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Wednesday, 22 May 2019
In the 1960s the Baby-Boomer Generation set out to save the world.
Peace and love and the redistribution of wealth were our objectives.
But we were betrayed by our rock stars into lives of drugs and degradation.
And we were blamed and shamed by the next generation.
The upshot of this is that there is little left of 1960s idealism.
But there is spark of light on the Internet.
Younger people are becoming politically and socially active and it is our responsibility to support them.
Quite recently I saw an advertisement on the television which featured a woman who said: "I'm a typical 1960s Hippie and I'm not trying to save the world I'm just saving for a trampoline for my kids."
This was deliberate corporate propaganda and it was not received well.
In fact it may have inspired some to reignite their ideals.
It was an insult.
And it was taken as such.
So don't be discouraged by pressure and propaganda.
The ideals of the 1960s are still relevant today.
In fact now they are needed more than ever.
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Tuesday, 21 May 2019
We're Making A Difference.
We seek to make people's lives better.
We seek to bring Light into the darkness.
We seek to bring Love into the emptiness.
We seek to bring Goodness and Hope.
May God, who is MAD Himself. show us His Light and guide us with His Grace.
Then we may truly Make A Difference.
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Monday, 20 May 2019
God has only one characteristic and that is Love.*
Any suggestions - Biblical. Traditional, Fundamentalist, or Evangelical - that God is angry, violent, vengeful, punitive, or hateful are wrong.
God is Love.
And as His children we must give love in His name.
Then the world will be transformed.
And we will be happy and peaceful at last.
(*Attributed to Julian of Norwich.)
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Sunday, 19 May 2019
The Australian federal election which has just been decided is another victory for the power of hate.
The right-wing Liberal Party ran on an agenda of punishing asylum seekers and the poor.
Their only policies were negative and the whole of their campaign was based on fear.
And the people in my church were smiling and saying how wonderful it was that they'd won.
What's the use of saying you support asylum seekers and the poor if you're going to vote for the people who oppress them.
It's blatant hypocrisy.
And it cannot be tolerated.
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