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#YesAllWomen: a lament

i go outside and sit on the top step in front of my apartment and look around... taking in the sights listening to the noise a family preparing for a celebration across the street the sound of a car backfiring, further down the road a laugh, an ambulance siren, a child's excited scream, the sound of two cats fighting, the music starting up and all seems normal this all feels right and good i pause [...]

Yesallmen should really pay attention to #YesAllWomen

There's a new hashtag in town.  Followed by a yawn right? Cos who cares about hashtags? Aren't they just like 'groups' on Facebook? What is a group on Facebook? Someone starts a group based on some topic they feel passionate about such as interesting shapes of clouds, bonsai tree gardening or stuffed animals - you get an invite, you join the group and... NOTHING ELSE EVER HAPPENS. I dunno, maybe you're in better groups than [...]

turns out Sharing IS Caring!

  [Tuesday May 13th] I am taking a break from a Share conference I am attending as part of Common Change... I really wish I could capture the heart and essence of the opening remarks and the morning's sessions, but I imagine I will fail dismally. But I will try out something together anyway because I really believe this is something we all need to be thinking about, reading up on, talking about and getting [...]

I will not apologise for my ‘white privilege’.

This feels like an important part of the conversation to spend some time on and i would love to hear your response to this. You may have seen the article by Princeton student, Tal Fortgang, titled 'Checking my Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege' that has been doing the rounds this week in which Tal [as an 18 year old, good to remember and hold in context] begins by explaining what his problem with [...]

What 1.5 million balloons and the NYPD have to teach us about great non-profit and mission work…

Sometimes good intentions aren't enough. Take the New York Police Department, who in an attempt to foster better relations with the public decided on this great plan: "Do you have a photo with a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook," the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign. Or how about that time in [...]

April’s Fool

i am not a big fan of April Fool's Day. i know, i know, shoot me down. And i'm not sure i can say what i want to say here without being labelled judgmental, so go ahead if you need to. But it was brought to light to me why i am such a big fan of not being a fan of April Fool's Day when i read my friend James' description of it as 'Happy International [...]

By |2014-04-01T19:52:42+00:00April 1st, 2014|shtupidt people, silly things, Uncategorized, world news|1 Comment

the problem of Phelps

i was hoping to be able to get something out on this before Fred Phelps died, which apparently i failed to do. Fred Phelps, pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church where we use the term 'church' loosely as nothing of what i ever heard them connected to sounded anything like the idea of church that i have come to know and love.  An obvious indicator is that the website address of this 'church' is the [...]

By |2014-03-20T14:10:44+00:00March 20th, 2014|change the world, God stuff, Uncategorized, world news|2 Comments

Random acts of Neknominations.

It started with a #neknomination [well, let's be honest - it likely started with a drunk Australian feeling like this was something he thought was a good idea for more people to do?] an online video'd drinking challenge game where you "film themselves drinking a pint of an alcoholic beverage, usually beer, in one gulp and upload the footage to the web" [wikipedia] and then nominate two other people to do the same, paying it [...]

A tornado, a free computer and a whole host of dead celebrities…

Earlier this week a tornado  swept through Oklahama, killing a number of people and leaving a mass of devastation in its wake. Within a couple of hours of the disaster, well-known speaker and author John Piper tweeted this verse: “Your sons and daughters were eating and a great wind struck the house, and it fell upon them, and they are dead.” Job 1:19 There was a huge uproar about it. How could this public figure [...]

How to condemn evil while loving evil people?

i came across this article titled, 'Loving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev' [one of the suspected terrorists involved in the recent Boston Marathon bombing] shortly after it happened and it really made some strong points in terms of our role as Christ following people in the wake of such a horrific disaster. the author, Adam Mabry, starts off by highlighting two opposing reactions which are equally unhelpful: 'The first is the xenophobic, racial, and even religious hatred of [...]