I just had an overdue haircut. The resemblance (except in size) between myself and a woolly mammoth was becoming a bit alarming. I also made a dentist appointment for 2.30 Wednesday. Sigh.
Thinking about church yesterday too. It really is so welcoming. There are Quaker-like moments in the service, particularly just before the Eucharist where people come up the front and light a candle while saying something about why they are in church, or whatever is on their mind. It is very simple and very moving. No-one rants. People are honest in what they say. It generates a nice spirit before the shared Eucharist, and in fact yesterday once the Eucharist was over, there was a spontaneous group hug which almost derailed the last part of the service, but no-one minded in the least.
It truly is a place where all are welcome.
I found this on BBC:
I live and work in Redfern, Sydney, and love the area, and wish to correct the view that the suburb has mostly Aboriginal people, most of whom have problems. The percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is low, and is made up of a broad mix of socio-economic and cultural groupings – it is a common neo-colonial practice to place indigenous people into the one category of sameness. Not all are poor, heavy drinkers or drug-takers, which is an unfortunate racial stereotyping – neither is this to demean these people, some of whom are there because of the institutional and long-term racism of this country. There are many working and professional Indigenous people who live and work in key professions and leadership positions in South Sydney, as in Australia – sadly, most are only in Indigenous organisations. I have many close Aboriginal friends and most still find they are treated as second-rate citizens no matter where they live and find the Howard government’s policies inadequate at best and paternalistic at worst. Australia still has a long way to go, but Aboriginal people are gaining their own self-respect and pride, some structural changes are being made and more non-Indigenous people are learning what reconciliation could become.
Vladimir Korotkov, Redfern, Australia
That’s the minister from South Sydney Uniting Church — centre in the pic, with Dorothy McRae-McMahon on the left, Trevor Davies on the right. How could I not feel at home?
See journos serve secular readers as well.