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be reflective with meditations by Dave Andrews

ELDERING IN AN OTHER RELIGION

Dave Andrews I define spirituality as the experience and expression of compassion for the Other. I define religion as the ideation of that experience and institutionalisation of that expression which simultaneously affirms and negates the spirit of compassion for the Other.  Religious eldering, at its worst, encourages subordination of the self to concepts and practices […]

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ELDERING ON THE EDGE OF CHURCH

Dave Andrews Let me tell you how I engage the church as an amateur elder rather than a professional cleric. Most clergy I know are aware that, though I am a Christian anarchist, opposed to ordination because I consider it as elitist – and detrimentally exclusive of the laity – I am supportive of clergy […]

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BECOMING AN ELDER MYSELF

Dave Andrews When my older daughter had her daughter, I became keenly aware of the significance of moving from being a father to being a grandfather. I was aware of the same joy of welcoming our granddaughter, Lila, into our family, as there was when we welcomed our daughter, Evonne (now known as Ruby,) into […]

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HAVING ELDERS OURSELVES

Dave Andrews Thankfully Ange and I both had mothers and fathers who were traditional model elders in their respective traditional religious communities. ‘Anthropologist Joan Halifax says elders in traditional societies show us the developmental possibilities of old age. These mature individuals, who have distilled wisdom from experience, have become innocent, clear-seeing, and compassionate.’   ‘Elders […]

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ELDERS NOT MERELY ELDERLY.

  Dave Andrews We need to be clear about the distinction between being ‘elderly’ and being ‘elders’. Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi says on the one hand the elderly are often ‘plagued by a gradually mounting sense of alienation, loneliness, and social uselessness’- so they ‘age without sage-ing’.  On the other hand, elders, while age-ing, ‘go through […]

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A Critique Of Coercive Control

Dave Andrews I have a friend called Zalman Kastel who is an orthodox Jewish Rabbi. One day I asked Zalman what he finds most confronting in the teaching of Jesus. He said it was his radical call to practice unflinching non-violence in the face of violence. I said to him that many Christians aren’t even […]

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LEAVING ROOM FOR DOUBT

Almost thirty years after I was excommunicated from Dilaram by YWAM, I took the opportunity to visit the International YWAMer office in Colorado, U.S. My friend Paul Filidis, the director of YWAM International Communications, and Bryan Bishop, the editor of the International YWAMer, kindly invited me to reflect on what I had learned from my […]

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‘Al-Wadud’ – ‘The One Who Loves’

Dave Andrews For last twenty years, since  9/11 in 2001, I have been intentionally developing faith-based inter-faith shaped dialogue between Christians and Muslims. One of the ways I have been developing solidarity with my Muslim friends is by observing Ramadan and sharing a Ramadan reflection with them on Facebook every day. For Ramadan this year […]

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THE CALL TO RESPECT, SUPPORT AND PROTECT WOMEN

Dave Andrews The occupation of Ukrainian towns by Russian troops reminds me of the time I asked a woman what it was like for her as a female to live in a male dominated society, and she told me it was like living under occupation, where women are always under the threat of assault by […]

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Dualism, Nondualism and Wholism

There are two types of people: Those who think there are two types, and those who don’t! These are some of my own provisional personal reflections on the topic of “dualism and nondualism” that, in our time, the world’s favourite Franciscan, Richard Rohr, has put forward in his writings for our consideration and discussion. Some […]

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What Is The Gospel According To Jonah?

                                                                 Did you hear about the man swallowed by a whale? Early on Friday morning June 11 2021, Michael Packard was diving for lobster off the east coast of the USA “when, suddenly, everything went dark. ‘Oh my God, I’m in a whale’s mouth, and he’s trying to swallow me’,” recounted the lobster diver. “I […]

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8. Reciprocity As Our Responsibility

This is the eighth in a series of interviews with Philippe Kiener. These interviews are accompanied by quotes from my new book ‘To Right Every Wrong’, songs and suggestions for meditation, discussion and action. If you study all religions it’s very clear that we all believe that we should treat our neighbor as ourselves. And […]

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