Posts tagged “History

The Sacred Roots of Youth Work

Posted on September 15, 2015

Hi all – I am currently writing a chapter on spirituality and youth work for a book which is coming out next year sometime. I’ll put a few excerpts from my chapter up as I go. Some of relates to the work I do with the Praxis Network. There’s a bunch of academic references which don’t have hyperlinks…too much bother – sorry about that 🙂   There are plenty of good reasons to remain in conversation with youth work’s past, none so pressing as the need to avoid the mistreatment of children and young people, often in the pursuit of the young person’s ‘best interest’. For example, the child migration policies championed by Thomas Barnardo which dislocated so many young people from culture and family.   Closer…

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Australia's Christian Heritage

Posted on April 24, 2009

Good Friday has come and gone, with a wake of slight disturbance around the question of gambling on that day. Should it happen? Why not? What Australian really knows why Good Friday is sacred? The Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne called it a ‘terrible desecration’. Is that an overreaction? To an audience who has mainly stopped listening, I think it is, but from this debate emerges another question – Does Australia have a public Christian story to tell anymore? A couple of weekends ago, I went to hear Paul Roe from Cornerstone speak at an event in Bendigo. He spoke on Jesus’ ‘unpublished life’; the life until Jesus turned 30, of which we know very little. But we also had a conversation about Australia’s Christian…

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