Nativity: Birth of Australian Jesus by Reg Mombassa
A mural featuring former Australian Catholic Archbishop George Pell in handcuffs and prison clothes, praying with a demonic figure leaning in over his shoulder, was removed this week because of complaints that it was ‘offensive’. Really?! That’s what people find offensive? What I find offensive are the crimes George Pell was convicted of: child sexualContinue reading “George Pell mural removed as deemed ‘offensive’”
A nativity image by Rachael Saunders
From the “Australian Jesus” collection by Reg Mombassa
It strikes me that until Christian parliamentarians start getting questioned on whether they’re effectively holding dual citizenship on the basis of their second birth they’re probably not doing it right.
These are some symbols you will commonly come across in Australian Aboriginal art. An important point to note is that the perspective is generally that of looking down on the land from above, as is common for maps. Because that’s what Aboriginal artworks actually are. Now try testing your new skills on this painting. CanContinue reading “A spotters guide to Aboriginal symbols”
To kick of the season of Advent, here is a poem by a good friend, Lucy Jarasius. Lucy is a Christian with interests in dancing, ministry with Aboriginal Australians and social justice. Adventist Dreaming ©Lucy Jarasius 2014 Iffhuwanah, Maid of Gondwana, made of earth dreaming darkly waiting for light-shining, night-splitting Amor capable of scalingContinue reading “Advent Down Under”
I visited the Lankarama Buddhist Temple at Schofields this morning and had a chat with the head monk. The temple is situated 2.5km down the road from where we are building our new house. They follow the Theravada tradition, similar to the Buddhists we met in Thailand.