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"Thank you Doju that is a beautiful picture and thank you Marilyn and Doug for your wonderful words. There are so many ways in which to love but this past year has been significant in teaching me that a first step is to be not afraid and love…"
"I also am sorry to hear that this group is closing. I had hoped that the listening could happen oon this site as the phone calls are not possible for me from Australia. But if things were not meant to be.."
a week ago we travelled to a remote community at the Top end of Australia to help finish off renovating the church manse there. The team doing most of the work were volunteers and had been camping beside the house for 5 weeks. One family of…"
you are fortunate in having the capacity to see blessings so quickly in the midst of misfortune. Here in northern Australia our landscape is set on fire every year at this time and it is a wonderfully exciting time for cleansing the land…"
"Thank you Doug
that is a more helpful answer than I have been getting from other sources. The struggle is to move the thought from my analytical mind to somewhere deeper where I can know it rather than just say it
"I am a beginner to these ideas about mindfulness, consciousness, reality and unreality and I am finding enormous personal benefit in exploring this wisdom. At the moment I am looking at the mystics such as St Theresa of Avilla.
But one area that…"
"Keep the dialog going. My sense is to keep this group as women only. I have found two other groups on peacenext that are inclusive of men and women and they are just wonderful - the Blessings and the Listening Project. I also notice that many of the…"
Her book is beautifully titled "Living Well" with a picture of the woman at the well on the front. It is just a simple book of daily devotions each related to a monthly biblical quote. My particular theological interest is in…"
"Last week we had 7 young Americans staying with us who are doing a 'world race' (11 countries in 11 months and in each they offer service). In Australia they had organised to spend their time in a remote indigenous community and we were…"
"and here am I in the tropics with that wonderful sense of every muscle being able to relax in the warmth and feel the sensual pleasure of the sun bathing our skin, it is too hot and humid to be active so I am learning to be still, to wait, to slow…"
I'm writing from Kakadu in the Northern Territory where I live now but I am from Melbourne and my husband's family are in Mansfield which thankfully escaped the worst of last years fires. But my heart goes out to you and the…"
Local Religious Community / Interfaith Affiliation:
Uniting Church of Australia
I have come to PeaceNext looking for:
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My favorite spiritual places:
The Australian bush
Interreligious causes I care about:
Peace and understanding between and within faiths. Particularly between indigenous people and Christians, Moslems and Christians, Evangelical and liberal Christians and womens' issues in religion
Changes I am working toward in my community:
Empowerment for indigenous people through healing and hospitality.
I and my husband are with the Uniting Church in Australia in a small town west of Darwin. Our church has a very diverse congregation with indigenous and non-indigenous people, Papua New Guineans, tourists, miners and National Parks workers making up some of our community. We are supporting a number of bible translation projects into indigenous language and see our mission as supporting indigenous people to keep their language, culture and law strong. I am interested in understanding how indigenous people sustain traditional knowledge and belief systems and faith in Christianity.
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Aloha Louise, Thank you for your kind message and invitation. There is so much that needs our attention and courage and -- for us men -- I think the most important is to change our beliefs, attitudes, and behavior to be truly supportive of women in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, much of recorded history does not give us a good mark and each of us, personally, must do his best to improve ourselves. Sister Joan is an inspiration for me and I felt so blessed by not only her reply but by the tremendous outpouring of love from the women who were there. Many blessings, dear friend, Bishop Stephen
I loved the WIN workshop at the Parliament and have come back to the Northern Territory keen to set a group up in Darwin. I live about 3 hours from Darwin in Kakadu so it will be a slow process but there is support for it in the Northern Synod, we first need a neutral space to meet!
Yes, I am a member of the WIN core group which meets in the NSW Parliament House once a month. I am glad you visited the UCA website. It was lanched in July last year. I have been a member of the Relations with Other Faiths committee for a long time and it had been my dream to publish a book on interfaith etiquette etc. However, we realised that even before the book was published it would be outdated and that is why we decided on a living website.
I will be happy to be your friend on PeaceNext.
Thank you Marilyn for your message and your interest in my world in the top end. I am beginning to loose track of how different our life is up here to what it was in inner city Melbourne. But I know that I don't want to be anywhere else! Especially after spending a day soaking in local water holes surrounded by monsoon rain forest. We recently had a group of young Americans staying with us and they asked me what a waterhole was, I replied, a hole with water in it - but it hardly describes the sense of creation at work when you actually visit one.
Dear Louise, Thank you for your warm blessing, and concern. I have not been seriously affected by fires, thankfully - just had to evacuate when extreme conditions or fire not too far away.
It was important for me to stop yesterday on the 1st anniversary and pray for the families who had suffered so much loss, to hear their stories on the T.V. program "Firestorm", and to feel so blessed in my own life.
I have enjoyed reading your various comments Louise . What an interesting life you have in Darwin. I find it fascinating that some Indigenous people find ways to blend their traditional ways with Christianity, when there are the language issues. How amazingly resourceful they must be ! Perhaps the Spirit is at work way beyond the words themselves, Blessings and Love, Marilyn
Thanks for your comment. I agree translation work is a minefield of complexities. Just considering that there are countless translations in English so which one do you pick to translate? In Arnhemland here in the top of Australia people have decided to translate from one indigenous language to another and bypass english completely. Which is exciting and also makes things easier for the translators.
Thank you for your topic on indigenous people and Christians and the Bible translations. In Africa especially Kenya we have 42 tribes each one of these tribes have diverse traditions at the same time some would want carry on with their traditions. There are problems with the translations since we need translations during sermons especially in towns sometimes messages get distorted by the translator because they failed to translate the correct thing. Due influence of English our people seemingly are losing their original language and culture this seems to bring a lot of confusion altogether.
For instance many women have suffered when their husbands pass on because tradition says the man has to buried where his parents stays regardless of whether the man had settled with his family in another locality.
The views you express in your response to my profile are certainly legitimate and you have raised issues that I have personally struggled with. The issues around indigenous language are enormously important and yes bible translation is not the ideal for language retention but these people do not need assistance retaining language - it is already strong - and they want to be able to read and hear the bible in their own language. The reality that we work with though, is that within the public education system here bilingual education has recently been axed and replaced with english only school. The problem here is that most indigenous people in this remote region speak english as their 3rd, 4th or even 5th language. I did not come to this region of my own volition I was called here by Indigenous Christians - any bible translation work is done with the initiation and motivation and effort of the language speakers. I also owe my Christian faith to the evangelism of indigenous Christians from the Central desert in Australia. I attended many of the indigenous sessions at the Parliament and I was very moved by their strength, spirit and depth of knowledge. Many of the speakers were supported by aboriginal catholic ministries and showed a profound capacity to hold both traditional and Christian knowledge systems and others have chosen (legitimately) to reject the Christianity that assisted in colonising efforts.
I hope that these comments do justice to your words. It appears (in your profile) that you limit God to the masculine gender 'HIM' , perhaps you should consider the exclusive and colonising impact that this might have on 50% of the worlds population, and if as it says in your profile that:
DOOMSDAY IS OVER, GOD’S JUDGEMENT UPON HUMAN BEINGS HAS BEGUN. THIS JUDGEMENT AFFECTS THE ENTIRE WORLD.
This God of doom and judgement isn't going to provide any of us with the love and peace with which you sign off your comments.
Dear Louise, regard your view that you are " supporting a number of bible translation projects into indigenous language and see our mission as supporting indigenous people to keep their language, culture and law strong. I am interested in understanding how indigenous people sustain traditional knowledge and belief systems and faith in Christianity."
I am sorry i have to disagree on that for once bible content is share to indigenous people they can't sustain their traditional knowledge and belief....i thought australian are through with that..we have learn at parliment how they have been push around since the arrival of whites and christianity.Look at australian indigenous they know mother earth and mush beter then you all...God is nature and nature is God..i bet the miners are not indigenous people polluted the mother earth for their own greed...leave them be they are there happily living with mother nature for a long long time why do you think they need religion, which bring war and sorrow to so many countries and people..They lose touch of their langauge because english is introduce to them..To sincerely "help" them just teach them their langauge..not with a catch..love and peace GPDC