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be reflective with meditations by Dave Andrews

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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7. Liberating People Of All Religions

This is the seventh 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 My understanding is that the early church fought over the issue of whether Gentiles had to become Jews in order to […]

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6. Liberating Jesus From Christianity

This is the fifth 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. One of my concerns is that Christians want to have a monopoly on Jesus. And I think we need to liberate […]

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5. Blessed Be-Attitude Revolution

This is the fifth 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. I think the Beatitudes is not just for people of all religions, but for people with no religion. In fact, I […]

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4. The Be-Attitudes Of The Beatitudes

This is the fourth 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. The Beatitudes are a call for people to identify with the poor in spirit; to enter into their pain empathetically; to […]

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3. The Beatitudes From The Heart

This is the third 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. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are those that mourn, for they should be […]

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2. Gospel Of Jesus ‘Heaven On Earth’

2. This is the second 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. Many Christians, when they think about the Gospel, think about ‘the Gospel, about Jesus’. But I think it’s really important […]

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1. Spirituality And Religion

In this series of interviews with documentary filmmaker Philippe Kiener I introduce you to the radical compassionate spirituality that I share with my wife, Angie, and which has shaped our way of life as a family in community with marginalized and disadvantaged groups of people. The interviews are accompanied by quotes from my new book […]

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My Open Personal Appeal To Our Prime Minister Scott Morrison

https://www.facebook.com/david.fittell/videos/10225766130964551 Dear Mr Morrison, I came by boat to Australia from England in 1960. And I was welcomed, along with over a million other migrants from Europe, with open arms. My friend, Tri Nguyen, came by boat to Australia from Vietnam in 1980. And the Liberal Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, made sure that Tri, along […]

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Protesting Through Resisting

Dave Andrews I felt I needed to protest the status quo by resisting serious prejudices in our society. For example, over the last thirty years, my wife and I have intentionally sought to embrace people who are seeking asylum in Australia from other countries as beloved members of our extended family. Yet most Australians have […]

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Protesting Through Identifying

Dave Andrews When Ange and I returned to Australia we intentionally sought to identify with the ‘subcommunities that stand in tension with the dominant community’, including Indigenous people seeking restitution, people fleeing persecution seeking refuge, and people from other religions seeking recognition. [i] Our community, West End, is a distinct, vibrant, urban village, bounded by […]

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Protesting Through Intervening

Dave Andrews The earliest intervention I recall which I initiated myself was at school in Inala, against a big bully who was bashing a small boy with a disability in my class. In those days Inala was considered, on the basis of most socio-economic indicators of disadvantage, to be one of the most deprived and […]

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