Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I love it - this is the new kind of politics that could change the course of history. I'm cracking a smile and sensing some hope. I'm thinking, where could I/we plant a communal garden?
Anyone listening to the latest from Evermore? Some catchy tunes and some great lyrics too. Look at these from Between the Lines:
"The world is very different now,
for man holds in his mortal hands,
the power to abolish,
all forms of human poverty,
and all forms of human life."
Hear the echo of the sword or the towel? Which is most evident in our own little corners of influence? The aggressive efficiency of the sword or the patient servanthood of the towel?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
As you will recall Chris' Frazers last In Touch with the World focused on water...
By 2025, at least 3.5 billion people -- about half the world's populations -- will live
in areas without enough water for agriculture, industry, and human needs... Worldwide, water quality conditions appear to have degraded in almost all
regions with intensive agriculture and in large urban and industrial areas."
-- World Resources Institute, October 2000
These facts are astonishing and real. We are doing the Oxfam trailwalker, to partner with you to see the above crisis avoided. Oxfam do some amazing development work- some of which is to do with providing water and working with communities to provide sustainable living solutions. So As we walk 100km, and you give financial sponsorship, together we can contribute to dealing with the simple solutions to poverty around the world. Follow the details on the poster (double click to open larger)or leave a comment if you would like to partner with us!
Thanks to those who already have. We look forward to making you proud on April 4/5 at Taupo!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Some ideas include
- A Fairtrade Church Service (a few corps did this last year with great results)
- Mothers Day (10th May) Have a fairtrade morning tea, what Mother wouldn't want to support something that meant children got education.
- Movie and Discussion - Black Gold and China Blue are both really good. I have a copy of each which can be borrowed.
- Get in a speaker to talk about it.
- Fairtrade T-shirt Tie dying
- Write to companies like Cadburys encouraging them to use Fairtrade.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
On the 28th March from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, Auckland City Council will be joining millions around the world in an attempt to make a statement against global warming.
For an hour you switch off your lights and in doing so make that choice to vote for earth. Leaving your lights on during this time is a vote for global warming.
Information gathered from the hour will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
Every household counts so make that change.
Here are some ideas for things to do during this time:
Having a candle lit dinner for two or one, hanging out with a group of friends, reading with a torch or candles or playing games like hide and seek in the dark with your kids. It's an opportunity to get creative.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I have three incredible daughters who I love and who I fight with everyday. The fighting can make home feel like a “house”. A couple of comments from Walter Brueggemann on the church family have helped me to see the bigger picture of parenting and have helped me to let go of some of the smaller stuff (the changing of clothes every minute, the complaining, the demanding, the toys on the floor, the top left off the milk, the spilled food, the tantrums, the noise, the shrieks, the sibling scraps, the sticky fingers, the loss of sleep-ins, the incessant “why”):
“We are scripted by a process of nurture, formation and socialization that might go under the rubric of liturgy. Some of the liturgy is intentional work, much of it is incidental; but all of it, especially for the young and especially for the family, involves modeling the way the world "really is." The script is inhaled along with every utterance and every gesture, because the script-bestowing community is engaged in the social construction of a distinct reality. A case in point is the observation of Mark Douglas that regular table prayers of thanksgiving are a primal way in which to challenge the market view of the supply and movement of valuable goods.”
“The claim of (our) alternative script is that there is at work among us a Truth that makes us safe, that makes us free, that makes us joyous in a way that the comfort and ease of the consumer economy cannot even imagine. It would make a difference if the church were candid in its acknowledgment that that is the work to which it is called… The nurture, formation and socialization into the counterscript with this elusive, irascible God at its center constitute the work of (the church family). All those called in the Bible were inducted into this task, and it is not different now. … Nurture is aimed at the embrace of the new script and the relinquishment of the old script. Formation is aimed at receiving and living into an alternative reality and disengaging from the old. Socialization is entering into another world that comes by "switching stories." Each practice of (the church family) is to "improve our baptism," wherein we live with increasing singularity in this alternative script.”
(Walter Brueggemann, 2005, Countersciprt:living with the elusive God)
Every practice of parenting is to “deepen” our living in the alternative script of God. Ever thought of parenting like that? what difference could it make in your family? what difference could our parenting make to the current gloom and doom of the economic recession?