Racism and Repentance- Anthony Castle

“Christian heritage is sometimes used as a shield for racism. The White Australia Policy is part of the Church’s history, and racism is a tragic part of Christianity’s heritage in Australia. But just as racism is part of the heritage of the Church, so is repentance. Just as the Church once accepted racist policy, so it came to reject it, and once the church repented of its racism, it could work with others to create justice.”

In Memory of Victor- Brad Chilcott

“Read the life of Jesus… He didn’t talk merely talk about the deficits of the current society or only give great speeches about how the world could be different. The way of his life and the manner of his death came together to point to an alternative yet attainable reality. He included the excluded in his inner circle, he brought culturally and religiously diverse people together, he lived a simple life of non-violence inclined towards the other rather than the self. He showed what the world could be if unconditional love for neighbour and radical love of enemy was the norm.”

Anthony Castle- Diversity and Repentance- What’s the Point of Diversity?

“We have been talking about the importance of diversity in society and in our own community. We rightly understand diversity as a way to ensure fairness and equality in how different people are treated, but does representation always address larger issues of inequality?

The point of diversity is justice, but justice isn’t just about who is represented, but also about repentance, and how we work together for a better world.”

Kelly Smith- Being Secretly Awesome!

“There are all these people in the bible, stories of ordinary people who change the trajectory of other people’s lives and of the world. They are doing what they can to show up, be love and do what is right following the radical example that Jesus set out to show us and they are doing it even if we don’t hear their story.”

Brad Chilcott- Unity and Diversity

“We grow, change and develop into more mature, complete people because we listen and learn from those who think and believe differently to us. We grow each others’ empathy, understanding, depth and character by building authentic community with one another and by proactively seeing one another as valuable to our development as whole people.”

Rosalie Dow- Schmidt- Philemon: A Practical Guide to Allyship written by the Apostle Paul

“I think that in this story, Paul is acting as an Ally, in a way we can learn from in modern times. In particular, he is doing something which all Allies should do – he is talking to someone with a very similar set of privileges to himself, and helping them to become a more just and fair person.”

David Smith- Trying Not to Waver

“I’m just trying not to waver between two opinions. I just want to follow Jesus and I’d rather have my integrity than a job, and I’d rather be remembered by my children and grandchildren as someone who gave following Jesus a red hot go, rather than someone who wavered for security. My learning curve has been so steep, that I know it’s not over. And of course it’s not for you either.”