LOVED chatting with Prof Soong-Chan Rah this morning at North Park Theological Seminary. His teaching and writing has helped open up and deepen so much of my thinking around, and understanding of, justice.Facebook Live with Professor Soong-Chan Rah
The book that every Australian should read
I've been procrastinating on this post all day. Not because I don't believe 500% in it, but because it's just hard to rock the boat and step out of where it's comfortable. I could just keep my thoughts to myself, but then where's the solidarity in that. So here goes: "It may not be what … Continue reading The book that every Australian should read
Refugees: in an environment of fear, will you show solidarity?
There's a lot going on in the refugee space at the moment with a very real threat of the resettlement program being shut down here, and a lot of fear, hate and rhetoric being directed against them personally, and anecdotally. When it comes to refugee resettlement, the U.S. takes in less than half a percent … Continue reading Refugees: in an environment of fear, will you show solidarity?
Dads and Daughters
I posted this photo a couple of weeks ago when I was in Lebanon, but I am again tonight so captured by it. We had spent an hour or so sitting with this Syrian family on the floor of their informal tent shelter in the Bekaa Valley, on the Lebanese side of the Syrian border. … Continue reading Dads and Daughters
The surprise that was Lebanon
I have spent the past week in Lebanon, traveling with World Vision USA, and seeing the work they are doing with Syrian refugees who have fled there. The most unexpected surprise from this trip was the effect Lebanon itself would have on me. It's hard to go to a country and not be moved by its … Continue reading The surprise that was Lebanon
One year on…
On September 2, 2015, one year ago today, the world was shocked by the images that emerged from a beach in Turkey. The body of a 3 year old Syrian boy, washed ashore after the inflatable vessel he and his family were traveling aboard seeking freedom in Europe, capsized. It’s safe to say my life … Continue reading One year on…
So much brokenness…what can I do?
Today I awoke to yet another compelling and heartbreaking image from Syria of yet another little boy whose story stops us in our tracks. It was almost this time a year ago that the image of Alan Kurdi emerged and completely changed the way I lived my life. I was confronted with the uncomfortable reality - what was it … Continue reading So much brokenness…what can I do?
Today is #WorldRefugeeDay. Having my heart broken 9 months ago by the stories we were all seeing of refugees fleeing for their lives, for the horrific images we were seeing of children, and the devastation of families - has changed me completely, as I began to understand what it means to truly love … Continue reading #WorldRefugeeDay
National Sorry Day
As a person who has privilege simply because of the color of my skin, it's all too easy to not understand the pain and reality of others who are different from me. It's all too easy to not just sit and listen, to assume it should be easy for people to just move on and … Continue reading National Sorry Day
Do you know what I want? I want justice—oceans of it.
Amos 6:21-24 (read it in The Message) - why are we doing anything else but pursuing justice for those who desperately need it - God is pretty clear that this is what He would have us do. Jesus was pretty clear on this - Love God, Love Others. But we are too comfortable, we don’t … Continue reading Do you know what I want? I want justice—oceans of it.