Avril at Romsey

… and Lancefield and Riddells Creek and Mount Macedon

Yeah, I’m not sure about this …

 Did it twice – different questions, two different results. Not sure I recognise myself in either of them. Hmmm.

You’re The Mists of Avalon!
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
You’re obsessed with Camelot in all its forms, from Arthurian legend
to the Kennedy administration. Your favorite movie from childhood was “The Sword in
the Stone”. But more than tales of wizardry and Cuban missiles, you’ve focused on
women. You know that they truly hold all the power. You always wished you could meet
Jackie Kennedy.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

You’re “Master Harold”… and the Boys!
by Athol Fugard
Even though you should have realized it for years, you’re only just
starting to understand how bad your society is. It’s been keeping some of your best
friends down for ages, and even you have been complicit with this system. When you
make a mess, someone else is quick to clean it. When you need help, someone else is
quick to your rescue. But when they point out injustice, you’ve pulled the wool over
your eyes. Until now. If you ever need a cast, it will be small.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.


September 20, 2007 Posted by | Pop Culture | 1 Comment

Micheal Gurr’s Days Like These

I haven’t written anything for a while because in the past three weeks I’ve had three funerals and a wedding. Anytime I haven’t been doing anything I’ve been slumped on the couch staring into space, because this ministry thing is hard work. It feels incredibly worthwhile and my sense of vocation has been confirmed one hundredfold, but these services have also confirmed just how exhausting ministry can be.

Yesterday was the third funeral, and for the first time I wasn’t finishing one funeral knowing that there was another one to prepare. So I’m hoping that I can now take a short break from burying people.

The wedding was amazing. I think I had a stupid, goofy grin on my face all the way through the service because I was so happy to be marrying these people to each other. They did pre-marital counselling with me, so I got to know them before marrying them, and their relationship is beautiful.

(And the groom started crying as he watched the bride walk down the aisle towards him.)

I’ve been reading Michael Gurr’s memoir, Days Like These, partly because it is a collection of vignettes and I could pick it up, read a page or so, and then put it down. There’s been no time to engage in serious narrative arcs recently. But I’ve also been reading it because it’s a great book and I strongly recommend it. And it’s always nice to have my prejudices confirmed:

I’m quite happy around old-fashioned Christians. I like the dagginess, the interest in the world – in small doses I can even take the holy stuff. What I like the most, though, is their lack of embarrassment about wanting to do good in the world. Christ seems to make them unashamed. New Testament parables are pretty straight-forward. Big nude ideas like justice and relief from suffering don’t seem to freeze on their lips like they freeze on the lips of the secular Left.

The new Christians, though, scare me with their smiling certainty. The Prosperity Gospel of the mall churches – that God wants you to have a bigger television – is just the latest import, of course, and it’s interesting how rarely you hear them talking about the poor, the downtrodden, the foolish and the ugly: all the people their prophet worried about.

Michael Gurr, Days Like These, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2006, p. 281.

September 20, 2007 Posted by | Ministry, Slightly Higher Culture | 2 Comments

Street Corner Politics – the response

This began as a comment that responded to all the other comments. But it seemed to grow into a blog entry. 

My brother tells me that I’m a socialist. I keep answering that, no, I’m a Christian. To someone like Christopher Hitchens I suspect that the two belief systems are synonymous. But Christianity is my justification for still being an idealist in my thirties.

Re APEC: got to say that I agree with Pete that talking is better than fighting. That’s been the premise behind international law since its beginning. I think the war against Iraq actually undermines this – which is one of the reasons I’m still having the argument over Iraq with Pete. (Pete, you are, of course, one of the two friends and one relative whose arguments I can respect. Unlike street-corner-car-guy.)

But I thought the security at APEC was extreme. What I found interesting was that in all the commentary I saw the reason given for the need for the security (the exclusion zone, the APEC legislation, etc) was to prevent violent protests. No one seemed to be worried about terrorism aimed at killing or maiming people. Instead the police and politicians were worried that protesters might smash windows. Annoying, but not deadly. If that was the fear, I think the security was excessive. (And David Marr agrees with me!)

And why do police even bother having badges? In years of protesting I’ve never seen a police officer wearing a name badge at a protest. Protesters can have their faces plastered all over the media before being convicted or even charged with a crime – police can retain their anonymity even when they break the law to do so. (Although, there is a collection of mugshots of police officers sans badges in The Sydney Morning Herald today.)

But one of the reasons I love this country is that no one shot The Chaser pranksters, and that the majority of the country seemed to find their stunt amusing. Hooray for the Australian attribute of not taking ourselves too seriously! God bless The Chaser for pricking APEC’s pomposity!

September 11, 2007 Posted by | Life, etc. | 1 Comment

This Sunday – Climate Change Action

I was sent this email via the Australian Student Christian Movement email list. I can’t be there – taking services here in the Macedon Ranges. But if you’re free, put on red and be there! 

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum has admitted that real action on climate change is only on their aspirational agenda of things to do. There will be a series of coordinated action to bring attention to APEC’s lack of real targets on climate change from the Barrier Reef to Bondi … and of course here in Melbourne.

Where—Federation Square. Melbourne

When—Sunday, September 9 @ midday

Why— To give APEC, and the Australian Government, a target to aim  for on climate change.

Wear—red t-shirt/jumper for the photo

We need as many people as possible to come out for a few hours on midday, Sunday September 9, and be part of creating a target for APEC to aim at on climate change.

In the spirit of all quick turn around snap media actions, this is going to be fun, quick and painless.

For more information contact; louise.morris@envict.org.au

September 6, 2007 Posted by | Life, etc. | Leave a comment