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Theresa Creed – Aboriginal Woman poetry album

Please check out Theresa Creed’s new poetry album “Aboriginal Woman” and information about Theresa and her poetry –      theresacreed.com

 

 

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The Committee to Expose the Public Trustee


Please check out the following website and sign the petition it links to.

The Committee to Expose the Public Trustee of Queensland.

An excerpt from the petition –

“The Committee to Expose the Public Trustee is a group of family, carers and friends of people who are clients (some prefer the word victims) of the Public Trustee. We were all struggling in our personal circumstances against the Public Trustee who as substituted decision maker has consistently and systematically ignored the needs and will of our loved ones. The Public Trustee has committed them to poverty and isolation and charged very high fees to do it, including charging their clients (victims) for legal fees used by the Public Trustee to oppose the needs and will of their clients. We have all been round and round the roundabout of complaints, requests for reviews and appeals but are powerless in their system and our loved ones have even less power.

In Queensland, people with a disability, or people who someone has alleged has a disability, can be subject to orders from The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to remove their legal capacity to make all personal decisions. The tribunal has no rules of evidence or standards for the burden of proof and accepts the opinion of Public Guardian and Public Trustee officers as fact in their determinations, even when those opinions are disputed by other parties. The Qld Guardianship and Administration Act gives no clear indication of who should have their human rights removed, why they should be removed and to what extent they should be removed – but the tribunal routinely removes the rights of disabled people.”

“The Jihad of Jesus: The Sacred Nonviolent Struggle for Justice” by Dave Andrews – a critical review from a Christian perspective

“The Jihad of Jesus: The Sacred Nonviolent Struggle for Justice” by Dave Andrews – a critical review from a Christian perspective

Is God a European? Discussion – Thursday Oct 17

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The West End Uniting Church Philosophy Group invites you to a discussion – Is God a European?

Thursday October 17
7.00 – 8.30pm
at the West End Uniting Church
corner Sussex and Vulture Streets West End

We will explore biblical, European and Aboriginal notions of God and spirituality and ask the question – Did the European missionaries bring knowledge of God to this country or must the churches learn about God from Aboriginal people?

background reading –

Towards an Aboriginal Theology – Rev Graham Paulson

2009 revised preamble to the constitution of the Uniting Church of Australia

What is (or is not) Dreaming? – Penny Tripcony

Truth and Tradition. Why does the church act as an agent of colonisation? – John Tracey

West End Uniting Church Philosophy Group – Facebook page

Following is the text of the presentation given on the night –

Is God a European?

In this talk I will argue that the notion of God that is held and promoted by the mainstream Christian church today is an ideological construct of Europe’s cultural heritage, a continuation of the evolution of Helenist society. Hellenism refers to the culture of Greece and Rome although it has its roots in the Egyptian and Persian empires. It is the tradition of empire and so-called civilisation. Hellenist is what the bible refers to as gentile. I will argue that there is a strong similarity between notions of God in the bible and Australian Aboriginal notions of spirituality and that these notions are radically different from the religious notions of Europe. Continue reading

Pell vs. Dawkins

A post-match analysis from the U.T.P. sports desk.

I would like to join the commentary about the battle between George Pell and Richard Dawkins on the ABC’s Q&A program on 9/5/12. A copy of the show is – here

While I have never had any previous reason to critique Richard Dawkins’ opinions and I have had many reason’s to critique George Pell’s theology and church administration, I found myself being much more attracted to Pell’s position than Dawkins. Continue reading

Afghanistan – Dr. Ramazan Bashardost

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Thou shalt not steal – Kev Carmody