3 reasons to care about the culture you live in

Hard work and some hate mail – you experience both when you care about the culture you live in and advocate for those who are harmed by the worst of it. So in the midst of busy days and full lives, why should we care about the culture we live in? Why not leave it to the professional activists, rather than getting entangled in difficult … Continue reading 3 reasons to care about the culture you live in

What not having hope feels like

I see the photos yet it’s incomprehensible. I’m in Australia and Aleppo is so far away – geographically and politically. Working out how to respond is confusing with conflicting reports about who’s on the ground, about which organisations help, hinder, aid or obstruct. So many agendas. So many perspectives. So many questions. I sense a shared helplessness with those of us who sit in our comfortable lounge rooms … Continue reading What not having hope feels like

Wine O’Clock – not always a harmless hashtag

Who doesn’t love a good hashtag. They can be fun, flippant or a great search mechanism. But it doesn’t take long of scrolling through social media to see that Aussie women and wine have a close and burgeoning relationship. We now know that one third of Australian women are considered high-risk drinkers, starting as a social activity, moving to stress relief and then sadly becoming … Continue reading Wine O’Clock – not always a harmless hashtag

When changing the world doesn’t look like Covering the Night: reclaiming passion to make a difference

By Ruth Limkin In some ways, I’d hoped that I would awake to news that there were Kony 2012 posters everywhere. Not because I necessarily agreed with the campaign plans or methods, but because of the soul residue that may be left in a generation if this campaign fizzled. I remember the way my Facebook and Twitter feed were overwhelmed by enthusiasm at making a … Continue reading When changing the world doesn’t look like Covering the Night: reclaiming passion to make a difference

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!

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