Thursday, 22 February 2018

Death of American Christian Evangelist, Bill Graham

Barack Obama with Billy Graham

US evangelist Billy Graham - one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century - has died aged He died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said.
US evangelist Billy Graham - one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century - has died aged 99.
He died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said.In a 60-year career, he is estimated to have preached to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Former presidents are among the many who have been paying tute. President Trump called him "great" and a "very special man".
After becoming one of the best-known promoters of Christianity in the US, Graham embarked on his global mission with an event in London in 1954.
Graham reached millions of worshippers through TV - the first to use the medium to convey the Christian message on such a scale.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Fire at ancient Tibetan temple in old Lhasa

From The Sydney Morning Herald  FEBRUARY 18 2018 - 10:51PM

Kirsty Needham is China Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

The most important Tibetan pilgrimage site, the Jokhang Temple in old Lhasa, was ablaze on Saturday night but few details have been released by the Chinese government about the extent of the damage. The 7th Century Tibetan building, which sprawls over 2.5 hectares, is protected by law and is listed for its "outstanding universal value" by the United Nations cultural protection agency, UNESCO.

London-based Tibetan expert Robert Barnett told Fairfax Media: "The Jokhang is widely regarded as the most sacred site in Tibetan Buddhism, with thousands of pilgrims travelling across the plateau for centuries to reach there and still doing so today, when allowed to."
The Dharma Wheel on the Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet
"It was the earliest Buddhist temple to be built in Tibet and is seen by many Tibetans as the symbolic heart of the country and of its cultural heritage."
A UNESCO report in 2016 stated the temple was in a good state of conservation but noted fire was a "high disaster risk" and prevention measures were in place.
After multiple videos of the large fire in Lhasa's old town, in which Tibetans can be heard gasping and crying, spread on social media on Saturday night, Chinese state media confirmed there had been "a partial fire in the Jokhang Temple. The fire was quickly extinguished and no casualties reported".

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Church in the Paddock

Away from the bustle and controversies of the cities,
are small communities - communities who
sometimes struggle to keep their communities
of faith alive and vibrant.

otherwise known as
The Church in the Paddock.

This is not the only isolated community of faith in the world
but could you please uphold such communities
in your thoughts and prayers.

Enough is Enough is Enough – Time to Reinstitute the Assault Weapons Ban


I don’t know about you, but as a teacher, and after eighteen attacks on school children in less than two months this year, and after the AR-15 assault rifle has been used in some ten school attacks to kill many of our innocent children over the last few years, it is time to say to the gun dealers, to the NRA, and to Congress and to our President—- ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! At a minimum, the lapsed assault weapons ban needs to be reinstituted immediately. These are not hunting rifles, these are not like pistols used for personal protection, they are weapons made specifically for military purposes and should only be in the hands of law enforcement, and the military. Period.

No fair or reasonable interpretation of our ‘Bill of Rights’ could ever find a justification for allowing ordinary citizens to buy these sorts of weapons on the open market—- NONE! The right to a ‘well-ordered militia’ has nothing to do with this at all. Imagine our Founding Fathers saying ‘we think it’s a slippery slope to ban ordinary citizens from owning cannons!!’ Ridiculous.

It is time as well to give up on the mythological arguments like: 1) guns don’t kill people; and 2) the solution to violence in our society is more guns in more hands! Neither of these propositions can stand close scrutiny, especially in a society full of mentally ill and fearful and violent people who nevertheless can still get their hands on such weapons. Take a look at what happened in Australia when more strict gun laws went into effect. Gun violence went down dramatically, and stayed there. All of the usual arguments against better gun control laws are bogus. They are excuses, and I would urge the responsible gun owners and NRA members in our country to be the first to stand up for an assault weapons ban, and while we are at it, against the legal purchase of gun clips and gun stocks that allow multiple rounds to be fired continuously.

I am calling on my own Senators, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell to stop their silence on this issue and do something about it. They should introduce legislation during this current session of Congress to deal with this issue. Enough is enough is enough.
It is one of the most telltale signs of the state of the soul of a society in regard to what it allows to happen to the most vulnerable members of that society— our children, the elderly, the infirm. I was taught a long time ago that my rights end where someone else’s life begins. And if one’s stand on guns is complicit in allowing the murder of our children, then something is terribly wrong, and we need to sacrifice a supposed right, for the sake of the life of others. After all, life is the most basic commodity in everything. Without human life, we cannot even talk about human rights. Protecting life is far more fundamental than protecting the rights of the living. Enough is enough.


Saturday, 17 February 2018

The Pirate Church of Perth is on to-night.

Sun 18 Feb 2018, 7:30pm–8:30pm
Sun 18 Mar 2018, 7:30pm–8:30pm
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Where: Comedy Lounge Perth City, 
Upstairs 413 Murray St, Perth CBD, Western Australia

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An American voice on America's gun lobbyists and a demand to say "I'm sorry"

This is a response to the most recent school slaughter in the United States.

Roger Ray

to RevDrRay
In the past it has been common for me to trash our Sunday plans when an event such as the mass shooting in Florida takes place, and start all over. Sean Spyres is to be applauded for being both effective and gracious about last minute changes. However, this time, I am going to stay the course and not switch to talk about the Florida murders.  I have noticed that the humorous news site, The Onion, has taken to re-printing the same article after every mass shooting, underscoring how common and how repetitive these tragedies are:

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

Shabbat : A seventh day rest for all living things

Hey, animals need a #Shabbat, too!
“The seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals.” (Deuteronomy 5:14)

Friday, 16 February 2018


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Subject: Upcoming Public Panel Discussion on Listening to the Female Voice: Women and Faith

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A Public Panel Discussion
Date:  Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time:  6.00 – 7.30 pm
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ASPIRE 2018: Young Muslim Women's Governance & Leadership Training Project

The Islamic Council of Victoria and the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre are inviting applications for Aspire 2018. We are looking for sixteen high-achieving and passionate young Muslim women aged 18 to 24 to complete the seven month leadership program in 2018. 
Places are strictly limited to 16 participants - apply now!
Aspire is a seven month leadership and professional development program designed for ambitious young Muslim women who are actively involved in their community organisations and want to make a difference.
You will: 
  • Develop your leadership skills 
  • Spend a weekend away at camp 
  • Practice public speaking and managing the media 
  • Polish your CV and interview skills 
  • Network with other ambitious young women 
How do I apply?
Submit your cover letter and CV online at Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Is there a cost?
The program is fully sponsored so there is no cost for participants.

When do applications close? 
Hurry! Applications close on Sunday the 25th February, 2018. 

Watch the 2017 Aspire video 

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University is committed to enhancing community understanding of the law and the legal sector’s engagement with the community.

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