Lessons from Alcatraz that I keep on my fridge

By Ruth Limkin I have a small magnet on my fridge. It’s from Alcatraz Prison, and lists Regulation 5 – “You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention. Anything else you get is a privilege”. I bought it as a humourous reminder of a holiday and of a wonderful day exploring what is now a tourist attraction. However, I also bought to remind me … Continue reading Lessons from Alcatraz that I keep on my fridge

Small starts and significant success – how communities make a difference

By Ruth Limkin Last night I heard about small successes which made me a little bit teary and very much happy. The news in and of itself was less than earth-shattering, but for the disadvantaged children involved, it may be life-changing. The charity I work with runs a medium term food support program called the Fresh Start Program. The philosophy of the program is that we partner … Continue reading Small starts and significant success – how communities make a difference

The sad state of current conversations in Australia – hobbled by hypocrisy

By Ruth Limkin If it wasn’t so serious, it would be funny. I just watched the video of this morning’s Sunrise segment which discussed Christian Schools wanting to retain the right to employ men and women whose values and lifestyles align with their organisational values. The article they were discussing was about proposed changes to anti-discrimination laws which may remove exemptions currently afforded to religious organisations. … Continue reading The sad state of current conversations in Australia – hobbled by hypocrisy

A sneak peek of “Right Social Justice: Better Ways to Help the Poor” – out soon!

By Ruth Limkin Shameless plug time. I’m a contributing author for a book which is coming out shortly, and I think everyone should buy a copy (or two). My chapter looks at community development by the church and charity sector, and was an absolute honour to write. So often, the immense contribution by the not-for-profit and volunteer fuelled sectors get overlooked. I know so many wonderful … Continue reading A sneak peek of “Right Social Justice: Better Ways to Help the Poor” – out soon!

Can’t we just stop talking about the problem with porn?

By Ruth Limkin Do you ever get tired of reading about the problem with porn? I know I sometimes get tired of writing about it. There’s a reason I persevere though, and if I ever feel like my participation in the conversation is flagging, I can draw upon a recent memory which shoots adrenaline into my soul. It’s a sad memory. It made me sick to … Continue reading Can’t we just stop talking about the problem with porn?

Guns, words and other powerful things

By Ruth Limkin I’m always conflicted when I hear the mantra: “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” On one hand that’s absolutely correct. On the other, it misses the point absolutely. Yes, a gun usually requires a person to operate it to kill someone. However, a person’s ability to kill, harm, and maim is exponentially enhanced when you give them a semi-automatic weapon, as … Continue reading Guns, words and other powerful things

Gasping for breath: why young Australians need intentional support

By Ruth Limkin I heard something the other night that took my breath away. It did so because I had several childhood friends with severe asthma and it’s impact should not be minimised. Their struggle to breathe, the constant threat to their life, their fear that their illness would overtake them all made their burden one which deserved the very best support. No-one questioned it’s medical legitimacy. … Continue reading Gasping for breath: why young Australians need intentional support