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

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!

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

Answers I’ve found – of dictators, documentaries and doing something

By Ruth Limkin (This is a follow up post to this morning’s article). Between Kony 2012, International Women’s Day and the new Ipad, I thought the internet might implode today. Happily it didn’t. I also thought I was possibly about to become ‘writer much hated’ when I posted this morning about Kony 2012. Happily, that doesn’t seem to have happened either (unless you’re just ignoring … Continue reading Answers I’ve found – of dictators, documentaries and doing something

Of dictators, documentaries and doing something – questions I have

By Ruth Limkin I’ve watched Kony 2012. It’s very impressive story telling, brilliant social advocacy and an issue worth creating awareness about. The film was squarely aimed at the west, tapping into common concerns about isolation, distraction and world weariness and in its place, offering connection, attention and hope. It’s a good thing to get shaken out of our self-centred complacency and the current campaign … Continue reading Of dictators, documentaries and doing something – questions I have

What’s the fuss about killing newborns?

By Ruth Limkin You’ve probably heard about it by now, as it’s been picked up in both social media and mainstream media. Two philosophers working in Australian universities published an article in the British Medical Journal, arguing that it is morally defensible to kill newborns. They contend that whether the child has an illness, chromosomal condition such as Down Syndrome, or whether the mother is … Continue reading What’s the fuss about killing newborns?