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Working TOGETHER for better outcomes for Hackham

While community development may be well lead by one group; good community development can never be done by one group/organisation/Church alone.  Diversity is a (never to be underestimated) necessity of healthy, thriving community and it therefore needs to be deliberately … Continue reading

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Good mental health for congregations – without getting clinical

Peter and I had a great conversation this morning at Corromandel Valley Uniting Church with a number of Church leaders interested in how we can walk alongside people in our congregations and communities who are struggling with bumpy roads in … Continue reading

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Do They Know it’s Christmas? (Learning from Bob Geldolf’s mistakes)

Over the last week my Facebook feed has featured a number of articles criticising the most recent “Band-Aid 30” version of “Do the know it’s Christmas?”.  The criticisms have hit on a number of faults including inaccuracy of lyrics (ie. … Continue reading

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3 Tips for celebrating community development in your Church

Many of the people I engage with who work/volunteer in community development with a Church speak of feeling isolated and often like second-class citizens within the life of the congregation. Pastors and leaders are often really good at giving permission … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Successful Collaboration between Agencies & Churches

I have always been terrible at learning new languages. I blame mild dyslexia but my attempts at both modern and ancient languages to date have been less than inspiring. Yet in a strange way I seem to have, by immersion, … Continue reading

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Be Adventurous, Be Brave, Be Humble (on finishing up at MarionLIFE Community Services)

Today is my last day as Director of MarionLIFE Community Services; an organisation I have had the privilege to lead for over 5 years now. NB: Finishing well is my excuse for my lack of blogging in recent weeks.   … Continue reading

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Intoxicated Migration (a story of walking alongside)

This story of walking alongside comes from my friend Ben Clark who works for TEAR Australia.   In many parts of Nepal, June to August are known as “Hungry Months”. No matter how hard families farm their land they run out … Continue reading

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