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FACEBOOK, ENVY, AND VALUES FOR LIFE

The latest Food for Thought is a response to some research that found Facebook contributing to thoughts of envy and resulting in depression and loneliness.  You’ll find it at http://www.biblesociety.org.au/news/food-for-thought-facebook-and-the-problem-of-envy

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JUST TURN THE BOATS BACK!!

The last two Food for Thought contributions have been by Robert Martin on Asylum seekers and a just response to them.  Well worth reading I reckon.  You can get Part 1 at http://www.biblesociety.org.au/news/life-in-detention-what-would-jesus-do-with-christmas-island-%e2%80%93-part-1 and Part 2 at http://www.biblesociety.org.au/news/life-in-detention-part-2.

 

EGALITARIANISM: AUSTRALIAN MYTH OR REALITY?

This week’s Food for Thought looks at the problem of favouritism and asks the question of our society: are we really as egalitarian as we would like to think?  Find it at http://www.biblesociety.org.au/news/food-for-thought-don%e2%80%99t-play-favourites

 

MEN BEHAVING REALLY WELL

As a follow up to my article on men behaving really badly, this week’s Food for Thought is the other perspective.  Have a read at http://www.biblesociety.org.au/news/food-for-thought-men-behaving-really-well.

Today, in the Age online (and apparently in a million other places) there is another story about a NYC cop who behaved very well.  It’s well worth a read…http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/it-was-like-you-gave-him-a-million-dollars-nypds-officers-kindness-to-homeless-man-goes-viral-20121130-2ajt2.html

My faith in the possibilities of humanity is once again restored….Ah, such grace! (prevenient grace for all you wesleyan scholars out there!!  Common grace for anyone else!)

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Bible, General, Justice, Public Theology

 

JILL MEAGHER AND OUR LONGINGS FOR A BETTER WORLD

This week’s Food for Thought blog is a reflection on the tragic rape and murder of Victorian ABC staffer Jill Meagher and various community reactions to it.  How do we rightly respond to a tragedy like this?  How does the Bible address this sort of thing?  Read it at http://www.biblesociety.org.au/news/food-for-thought-jill-meagher-and-our-longings-for-a-better-world.

 

POLICIES FOR THE COMMON GOOD

This week’s Food for Thought carries my blog on ‘Policies for the Common Good’.  It’s all about making policy and evaluating policy on the grounds of what it will do for the good of society (the common good), instead of from an individualistic and usually self-centred perspective.  I encourage you to read it and respond back on this site.

 

YOUTH SUICIDE: THERE IS NO 3G IN HEAVEN

Last night’s Four Corners  entitled ‘There is no 3G in heaven’  was an excellent programme about youth suicide, especially in the City of Casey on the outskirts of Melbourne.  If you missed it please take 45 minutes to watch it.  You won’t be sorry.

Sophia Think Tank has been delving into the issues surrounding these tragedies and have come to many of the same conclusions that this programme comes to.  There are such a wide range of themes but one that is constant is the need to take more seriously the care of people suffering mental health problems.  The services need to be high quality, affordable, accessible, respectful, and deeply humane.  All of Community needs to sit up and take notice of this.  All levels of Government need to fund appropriately, training of mental health providers need to be trained in relational skills as well as psychological intervention, young people need to be consulted so we can find out what sort of care they would best respond to, peer support techniques need to become a part of High School education,  and so the list goes on.  It’s a whole of community response that is needed because we are all affected and we are all responsible.  No ducking allowed!

The Bible tells us to look after Society’s most vulnerable.  In the times of Jesus that referred especially to ‘orphans and widows’.  Today it includes young people who are suffering mental health issues.

The question then:  what can I do about it in my areas of influence?

 
 
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