Angry? Who Me? NO WAY! Or that is what I thought. I would run a mile from anger, even from myself. I went into pandering as a way of life to keep myself safe by attending to other people’s needs, keeping myself hidden and hoping thereby to keep everything peaceful. Continue reading “ANGRY? Who Me? NO WAY!”
It seems we reserve this word for gross acts of violence, shootings, bombings, cyber attacks etc. by what we consider to be extremist groups. Clearly very obvious evil at play.
However, is there at play much more extreme and wide spread forms of terrorism every day, right before our eyes, that we have chosen to be blind participants of? Subtle they seem, but not so subtle once exposed and seen. Continue reading “Terrorism”
I remember when I was a very young child, my mother teaching me a little prayer when we prayed together to Jesus each night.
What I remember most is the wonderful feeling of being held lovingly by him (or a presence) whenever I said or heard his name. I attended Sunday school when I was young, although I don’t remember a lot about it except the connection I felt to Jesus. Continue reading “The Master Jesus and Building a Body of Love”
The only time I was placed in the spotlight of religion was when I was at school and had to take a class on RE – Religious Education. Even then I would either play truant or mess about in class with friends.
So, having grown up with no experience of religion I had no frame of reference as to what was good or bad; I never had any time for religion itself as it never made sense to me and I always felt it wasn’t the truth. And then there was God, the man in the sky with the big white beard. What was he all about?
There is no secret that Serge Benhayon’s family has a Jewish heritage. From his last name alone, which is of Moroccan Jewish origin, one can easily assume that this is the case.
Although he does not practice Judaism, Serge Benhayon has often presented and shared the fact of his Jewish heritage, something that he has never been ashamed of or tried to hide. Continue reading “Elkan Spiller on Serge Benhayon, Judaism and Anti-Semitism”
|Foreword: Sexual Abuse in the Church and by Christian ‘sects’ such as Christian Assemblies International (CAI) points to a highly disturbing and continuing trend for sexual abuse to be swept under the carpet and go unreported to police. In this second in a series of writings, former Uniting Church Minister Graeme Ness, reflects on the role of the Church and the Confessional in an age when denial and deceit continues to be the characteristic response of Church and Spiritual leaders to this most pressing issue.|
When the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) released a paper addressing issues of sexuality for discussion across the UCA in the mid 1990’s, one of the older ladies in one congregation said “I don’t know why we have this paper. We have never talked about these things, and I don’t want to talk about them now.”
A few years later I spent two hours with a lady in her 70’s – she was in hospital and was dying. The lady was very agitated and moving restlessly; the family couldn’t understand what she was worried about. After some time she told me she had been sexually abused by her stepfather when she was 11 and I was the first one she had told about it: that experience of sexual abuse had scarred her life impacting on all her relationships. The sad thing was that it was only as death came near that she talked, accepted that the sexual abuse was not her fault, and finally released the hurt and the tension in her body. Continue reading “Secrecy and Sexual Abuse: Is the Confessional failing the Church and its Members?”