The power of mentoring: when friendship snowballs into community
Sep18

The power of mentoring: when friendship snowballs into community

Article by Linda Jordan. For many years now the question of what can and should be done for globally displaced people has been asked and largely unanswered. The causes of displacement are complex. But whose responsibility is it to do something for these people? Is it ours? And what can we do anyway? No single one of us is ever going to solve the problem. But we are certainly not powerless. Georgie Tucker, a young occupational...

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The Healing Power of Forgiveness
Sep07

The Healing Power of Forgiveness

Article by Annette Spurr. Carolann’s life began on the devastated, post World War II streets of London, when Londoners still shook with fear at every loud noise, believing that war could reignite at any given moment. In fact, the government of the day encouraged Londoners to take up cigarettes and alcohol to self-medicate. It was into this environment that Carolann was born. The result of a failed abortion, as her mother reminded her...

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Your teenager needs to know that you like them!
Sep04

Your teenager needs to know that you like them!

Article by Sharon Witt. In my first two years of teaching High School students, I will happily admit now that I had little idea how to relate to teenagers, let alone those with bad attitudes, negative self-image and distaste for being in school and having to learn. Talk about a steep learning curve! As you would expect of a young, naïve twenty two year old graduate, I made many mistakes in those early days when dealing with the...

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Innovative faith based project helps the homeless
Aug29

Innovative faith based project helps the homeless

Article supplied. Homeless or homed, we’re part of one community In 1913, South Australian Baptists served hot food and cared for children whose fathers were deployed during the First World War, and whose mothers had entered the workforce. For over one hundred years the site in Adelaide’s inner city, has continued to be dedicated to the service of South Australians in need. Today, Baptist Care SA’s homelessness services provide 35,000...

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What is religious freedom?
Aug21

What is religious freedom?

Article by Chelsea Pietsch. Chelsea explores what religious freedom – a term commonly used but often misunderstood – actually entails. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right recognised by international human rights documents, and one which is integral to our human dignity. It enables people to live in accordance with deeply held views about what it means to be human. The right is safe-guarded by placing certain limits on...

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Somalia’s Hope
Aug07

Somalia’s Hope

Article by Levi McGrath. ‘The children here…they need milk’, were the words echoing in my mind after talking with a village elder outside his makeshift home. Surrounded by the driest of deserts, with huts made from sticks and torn clothing, no running water, power or even a useable toilet; for him this was the most important thing. Milk. I had visited the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) settlement just days into a two-week trip to...

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