Jan 31

SorryIndigenous groups have warmly welcomed the announcement of a date for a formal apology to the Stolen Generations.

Christine King from the Stolen Generations Alliance says it will be a historic and emotional day.

“Sorry is the most important word because it has great meaning in our community,” she said. “It means having having empathy and compassion and understanding.”

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Jan 30

A campaign called Don’t Wait—Meditateâ„¢ in Oregon, USA, is promoting the health benefits of turning dead waiting time at traffic lights and in doctor’s clinics into useful meditation time.

Often a reason given why people do not meditate is that they don’t have the time for it.

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Jan 29

End homelessnessPrime Minister Kevin Rudd says it is unacceptable that after 16 years of economic growth, up to 100,000 Australians can be sleeping in shelters or on the streets on any given night.

Mr Rudd wants a new approach to get people off the streets and back on their feet and has formed a committee to improve crisis services and help people get long-term housing.

Experts cite drug and alcohol abuse as well as mental illness as the main reasons people end up homeless. Homeless people give their own, varied accounts.


Jan 27

The gospel reading this week is a call to Jesus’ disciples to learn the ‘fishing for men’ trade. This has sparked much evangelistic zeal over the centures. Sacha explores for us ways to live as disciples with an integrity to Christ’s call.

Sermon 27th January, 2008 (Sacha Miller-MacDonald) [pdf]
St. David’s Uniting Church, Oakleigh

Jan 25

Our annual Shrove Tuesday pancake meal to raise funds for the Share Appeal. This popular community event includes all you can eat pancakes with both savoury and sweet toppings.

Venue: The hall, Oakleigh Worship Centre, 154 Drummond St., Oakleigh

Enquiries to: Pancake Day

All welcome, no bookings required.

Jan 25

Carbon neutralAbu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is awash in profitable oil reserves yet pouring billions into renewable- and sustainable-energy technologies to build the world’s first zero-emission city, “a metropolis that emits not a single extra molecule of carbon dioxide — the cause of global warming”.

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Jan 23

Osama bin Laden’s 26-year-old son Omar wears dreadlocks and a biker jacket and tells the AP “there is a better way to defend Islam than militancy: Omar wants to be an “ambassador for peace” between Muslims and the West.”

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Jan 21

CrossA director who shares the ideas of Iran’s hardline President has produced what he says is the first film giving an Islamic view of Jesus Christ, in a bid to show “common ground” between Muslims and Christians.

Nader Talebzadeh sees his movie, Jesus, the Spirit of God,” as an Islamic answer to Western productions like Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ.

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Jan 20

the EldersAs Jesus begins his ministry and calls Simon Peter, destined to be the leader of the Roman Catholic church, we reflect on a bold initiative by Richard Branson to gather a group of Elders to be brokers of world peace. In terms of our own personal journey, we too can live as elders who make a difference in the lives of others.

Sermon Sunday January 20th, 2008 (pdf)
St. David’s Uniting Church, Oakleigh
Rev. Arnie Wierenga

Jan 17

Cosmic moment - Asher BiluEarthly Reflections of Heavenly Things, an exceptionally beautiful exhibition celebrating the transcendent and ineffable in art, opened at the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art recently for a season to 17 February 2008.

The exhibition, curated by the Potter’s Joanna Bosse, brings together 21 works from three senior Australian artists who engage with mystical and immaterial subjects.

The artists, Asher Bilu, Leonard Brown and Emily Kngwarreye, are noted for their ethereal and contemplative works. Although from different cultural, religious and artistic traditions, all three have developed a language of refined abstraction that is non-dogmatic, evocative and thoroughly immersive.

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