If we are not careful, our very notions about God can be misplaced, and instead of bringing life and freedom, become a tool in the hand of the oppressor. History is not short of examples. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. – Nelson Mandela
“My argument, much abbreviated both times, was the sexual practices of consenting adults ought not to be subjected to the government’s approval or disapproval, and that domestic partnerships in which people who live together and devote their lives to one another ought to receive the spousal rights, protections and privileges the government allows to heterosexual couples,” Wendell Berry.
I believe the good news really is good news. If we could be given that great act of hope at the beginning, that this universe is going somewhere, and is beloved of God, instead of thinking we’re going to bring people to the love of God by fear, and guilt, and shame. What ever made us think that would work? And we see right now that it is hasn’t.
The Bringing Them Home Report 1997 argued that around 50,000 children had been taken during the Stolen Generations.
Since this report’s findings more Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children have been removed than during the Stolen Generations. In the 18 years since the report, the number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children removed has increased by 500%.