Imagine this experiment. We take 5 people and give each of them a little prick in the finger. Then we ask them to rate, on a scale of 1 to 10 how much pain they felt. Could you imagine that they might come back with many different levels? You might think it would be a … Continue reading Colder, a poem
I have often thought and written that my path to faith was one of doubt and return. People who have never doubted their faith strike me as either incredibily blessed or, more likely, lacking in intellect to actually consider such questions. I do not believe there is any value in believing in God simply because … Continue reading Please, doubt your faith
Chapter 1 – A sneaking suspicion – A motorcyclist in black Harvey Piquet shuffled and straightened the piles of papers on his desk, not really adding any order, merely stirring the contents. Warming the desk for the morning’s work. His eyes roved around the show room and then out, through the windows and over the … Continue reading The Road to the Mountain
The goal of 10,00 families was to bring Syrian refugees into small communities around the United States, supported by local faith communities. Because of the current structure of the US’s refugee assistance program this proves to be extremely difficult. Between this and the fact that I am still living in Australia I have decided to … Continue reading 10,000 families – current situation
Why is it that teachers are assigned to class groups and not individual students? Would it not be possible for teachers, at least at the primary school level, to work with groups of individual students rather than focus on specific years? Perhaps this would provide great continuity and personalisation of education. Or perhaps there is … Continue reading Man-to-man teaching?
We have a remarkable opportunity. Today in America there are three social issues which, though they are rarely discussed together, can all be addressed by a simple act of kindness. 4.2 million Syrian refugees living outside the country, of which only 130 thousand (less than 4%) have been offered permanent resettlement in other countries. To … Continue reading 10,000 families – Syrian refugees, sheltered by American faith communities
“What are your relationship criteria?” I was having this discussion with some colleagues the other day, and though we threw out a great many characteristics we were never able to come up with a true criteria. The point we came back to was that, while you could hold whatever standard you cared to that does … Continue reading Relationship criteria