Tuesday, July 28, 2009



The change machine at Vancouver airport was out of order. This got me thinking as i walked around gastown seeing some real material poverty. Does change ever seem out of order in our situations/our places/our lives/our cities/our streets?
Especially when we walk around places or situations where we feel helpless. All i could do in gas town was smile at the woman with her belongings in a trolley, and the man sitting on the sidewalk with his dog. Its easy to become overwhelmed, its easy to say what can i do. And that is honesty- we are who we are- helpless perhaps sometimes, sometimes full of passion, sometimes we know exactly what to do. But mostly we are us, simply us. Not only do we need to value others for who they are (not what they do), but we need to value our selves for who we are. Because we were created good, to do good, honest and good. more and more as i realise my limitations and potential i love Mother Teresas quote "In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love." followed by " If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." change machine- we are the change machine- honest simple and good.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Absorbing Anger... Together

Anger? Are we angry enough? Are we too angry? Is there a place for anger within our faith? Simon Barrow of Ekklessia says this:

"What marks out the Christian community is its vocation to be ‘a holy nation’, unlike all the other nations and religions with their standing armies and hierarchies. Moreover (and this is crucial) it is the self-sacrificial blood of the Innocent One – not the slaughter of the innocents (or the guilty, for that matter) – that lies at the heart of a radical re-visioning of who God is, who we are and what God’s true purposes are about. The Body of Christ is about absorbing rather than inflicting suffering so that the grounds of enmity and division between human beings can be healed and overcome."
http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/

Have a look at the following clip from Jonathan Porritt, director of Forum for the Future, who questions the lack of our angst (sorry for the quality of the sound):

video

What could absorbing anger look like in our communities? Would it mean that we stand in solidarity with creation... wherever it is suffering? What could it mean to suffer together?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Deep fixes... not making the News

A columist of Newsweek, Fared Zakaria, in Greed is Good (To a Point), June 22, 2009, concludes:

"We are in the midst of a vast crisis, and there is enough blame to go around and many fixes to make, from the international system to national governments to private firms. But at heart, there needs to be a deeper fix within all of us, a simple gut check. If it doesn't feel right, we shouldn't be doing it. That's not going to restore growth or mend globalization or save capitalism, but it might be a small start to sanity."

I love how God keeps on reminding and suprising us.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Power of Community

Due to artificial plunges in oil imports, the Cuban people had to radically, yet naturally cope with the hardships of profound change. After the labors of rebirth, there are advantages there that the world can benefit from, aside from higher education and health care. Communities coming together in gardens. 2006 Community Solution © Community Solutions Inc

This documentary is a must see, the world can learn from the crisis that Cuba faced.

How Cuba Survived Peak Oil crisis.
http://www.livevideo.com/media/playvideo_fs.aspx?fs=1&cid=CD893609A0CB495D9A9CF04AC9E4AEFF

To view other documentary's visit:
http://illuminatenetwork.blogspot.com/

Monday, July 13, 2009

Events to be aware of...

Some great things are happening, be a part of it.

Sign on: A petition to reduce NZ 's emissions by 40% by 2020.
http://www.signon.org.nz/

Start Freedom: A campaign for young people, youth groups etc. Oct 14th
http://www.stopthetraffik.org/startfreedom/october2009/

And

World March: For peace and non violence, starts here in NZ. Oct 2nd
http://www.fusecreative.co.nz/worldmarch/index.html

Thursday, July 9, 2009

What a Difference it could make.

Be sure to watch my house my castle, Mons 8:00, tv2, and check out my husband's handy work. He was the one contracted to do all the painting and how proud I am of him. They worked for less than what their used too, worked longer hours to meet the deadline all for a family they didn't even know. The entire team worked long hours, from early morning through to late at night to try and get it finished.
What they did was great but the fact still remains that their are lots of families, people who not only need this kind of blessing, but desperately.
What a difference it would make if this was the response to a family in need, people dedicated to working long hours, working for nothing all for the sake of blessing someone who needed help and the response was a team working till the job was done. I bet you could probably think of someone right now who could use this kind of help. What ever your talent, what ever your job it's worth blessing someone with.

Also volunteer for habitat for humanity.
http://www.habitat.org.nz/

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Targum for the Recession

I've linked this blog to a targum of Brian Walsh on James 1.1-18. Its a heavy hitting piece of Scripture that continues to speak today. Have a peek... stay a while and with the Word re-imagine a new world.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Alternative approach

The Five Best Anti-Viral Products to Beat Influenza, Swine Flu, Bird Flu and SARS

This is worth browsing through, has interesting ideas on the origins of swine flu.With the resistance to Tamiflu emerging, maybe it's time to let nature take it's course.