How Will We Continue?

It’s now seven weeks since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. We are all grappling with how to navigate and emerge from this crisis. Many people are asking ‘when will this end?’…

More Evidence, Less Alarm

Advancing the work of welcoming and inclusion in 2019 In our line of work, misinformation is often the greatest enemy.  Recent media reports of regional Queensland being ‘flooded by thousands of migrants’…

Farewell Facebook. I’m Opting Out, For Good.

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Facebook for many years. On occasion, I’ve deactivated my account. I’ve practised abstinence. I’ve scheduled and limited my interaction. I’ve “only used it for work purposes”.…

Maybe

maybe there is life for us after death maybe our final breath is just that and we only exist in what we leave behind maybe our lives are framed by love and…

The Art of Welcome

The idea of welcome as more than a greeting, but as an underpinning of commerce and socioeconomic development, existed centuries before colonial rulers long over-stayed theirs. Richard Trudgen in his seminal work…

We Who Remain

On the day of God with us, she left. The idling engine betrayed her silent farewell and droned long after the tears Her tears not ours We who remain Remain Forced to…

Welcome is Not a Dirty Word

Current sound bites, headlines and social media diatribe would suggest the life support system has long been turned off on visionary and principled leadership in Australian politics. The daily mantra seems to…

It’s Time to Pass the Mic.

The recent response to, and the fallout from, #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear on various social media platforms was disappointing but not surprising. I have been a Christian long enough to witness the challenges that women…

6 Steps to Countering a Narrative of Fear

Welcome to Australia. A nation of contrasting landscapes, people and politics. Where we perform welcome to country at most major events, yet the traditional owners struggle for legitimacy and recognition on their…