The problem with the church (and its public role in Australia)

By Ruth Limkin There’s a very big problem with the Christian church and its public role in Australia. I realised it once again last night when I read the latest report about how the church was interfering in society. Reports in the Herald Sun said, “The Salvation Army has helped rescue three young women trafficked from Thailand and forced to work in a Sydney brothel. A … Continue reading The problem with the church (and its public role in Australia)

The secret santa present that nobody wanted

By Ruth Limkin There’s always one. Whenever there’s a secret santa, there’s always one gift that no-one wants. When it gets opened, the person who chose it has that “I guess I need to look happy anyway” look on their face. Everyone watching the gift being opened breathes a sigh of relief, grateful that they didn’t end up with it. Such was the case this … Continue reading The secret santa present that nobody wanted

The slavery of freedom: what a 19 year old’s virginity teaches us about ourselves

By Ruth Limkin I was disturbed as I read the article. A young woman was being offered to the highest bidder for four days. Four days of sexual servitude. Four days in which she will lose her virginity as a commodity to a man who has little interest in loving her. Four days in which she is effectively bonded to him, because he has money … Continue reading The slavery of freedom: what a 19 year old’s virginity teaches us about ourselves

Why ‘Occupy’ is making the 99% poorer

By Ruth Limkin Last night I sat with a group of business people and we strategised about how to help the poor, and expand programs which are feeding the disadvantaged. It was a great meeting, and I was encouraged at the generosity of people who want to make a tangible difference. The meeting was a part of what I’ve been doing to try to raise … Continue reading Why ‘Occupy’ is making the 99% poorer

Before you occupy Wall Street (or my city)

By Ruth Limkin Wall Street has been ‘occupied’ for a month now. According to the Wall Street Journal the protest movement in New York also now has $300,000 in donations, which is a little ironic considering the exact cause being donated to is still undefined. The Wall Street Journal reported the following: “For the most part, the protest action remained loosely organized and there were … Continue reading Before you occupy Wall Street (or my city)

The biggest problem with boat people

By Ruth Limkin Sometimes it seems there’s so many issues in the world, with so little time to learn about them. We know that there’s more than meets the eye, and that relying on mainstream media soundbites and headlines rarely makes for a well informed view. For many of us, the arrival of ‘boat people’ – better referred to as asylum seekers – is one … Continue reading The biggest problem with boat people