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
I remember it like yesterday, even though it wasn’t. The nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach. Not being sure what to say to him. Feeling out of my depth. After all, he was the Attorney-General. Strangely, this was the memory prompted when the Ashley Madison affair came to light this last week. For those fortunate enough to have been out of internet range this week, Ashley … Continue reading How the Ashley Madison affair exposes us all
By Ruth Limkin There were few dry eyes amongst those who saw it on television the other night. I’m talking, of course, of the performance of La Vie en Rose on ‘The Voice’. It’s a beautiful song, sung so well by seventeen year old Rachael Leahcar. You can see it online here. The concept of “The Voice’ is that singers perform in blind auditions hoping to be … Continue reading What a singer who couldn’t see showed me about blindness
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!
By Ruth Limkin It seems that we’re switching on to the idea of switching off. Last week, the Hurstville Mayor encouraged Australians to turn their mobile phone off on Australia Day and spend it with friends and family. Now the Courier Mail has reported the increasing trend of holidaymakers who are ’embracing resorts that ban mobile phones or have no reception in an attempt to disconnect, … Continue reading The art of living spectacularly
I find aged-care facilities uncomfortable. I don’t know how to interact in such environments and find it intimidating and confronting. There are situations I can’t solve, and circumstances I haven’t navigated. So this year has been very illuminating. For while I feel I have little to offer senior citizens, particularly those in need of high-care, I have discovered the richness I possess and which I … Continue reading The gift of presence
Not long ago, I took on a position with Northside Community Care, helping to relieve poverty in Brisbane. One of the ways we do this is through the provision of food relief. We are contacted for food hampers by those in our local community, often after a referral from Centrelink or a similar agency. While we reviewed this program, one of my team delivered a … Continue reading Half an avocado
Community matters to children, whether they are aware of it or not. American anthropologist, Ruth Benedict, said, “The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally handed down in his community.” Sadly, relational poverty is rampant within Australian society and community often unravels as a result. As you help alleviate this poverty, your life can promote … Continue reading More than we think