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HAVING THE COURAGE TO SPEAK THE TRUTH

"A single, seemingly powerless person who dares to cry out the word of truth and to stand behind it with all his person and all his life, ready to pay a high price, has, surprisingly, greater power, though formally disfranchised, than do thousands of anonymous voters." W. Vaclav Havel.

CIRCLE TIME

I am a member of the Dalkey Writers' Workshop. We have published our third anthology called 'Circle Time'. It has some wonderful poems and short stories in it. My fictional story in Circle Time is called 'In the Wild', and is based in Zimbabwe where I lived and worked for eleven years from 1983 - 1994

See Dalkey Writers' Workshop

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

I have been the coordinator of the Zimbabwe group of Amnesty International Ireland from December 2004 to April 2011. I am pleased that after many years there is more hope that press freedom may be restored in Zimbabwe and that independent media may be able to operate freely without fear of prosecution. I was pleased that our issues in 2004 and 2007 of The Daily News in Exile to mark World Press Freedom Day (3rd May) received international coverage.
As well as expressing soldiarity with independent journalists who have worked under repressive media laws, our campaigning was an attempt to raise awareness and to help transform Zimbabwe into a society where the dignity and human rights of each citizen are promoted and respected. Go to The Daily News in Exile

A ROSE IN SOLIDARITY WITH WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), founded in 2003, is a grassroots women's organisation campaigning in Zimbabwe. Leaders and members from WOZA regularly take to the streets to hold the government of Zimbabwe to account for its failure to meet their basic needs and are confronted by a repressive and brutal state.
Their mission statement is: 'the power of love is stronger than the love of power' and their symbol is a Rose. WOZA give out roses on St Valentine's Day to the public and to the police in the main cities of Zimbabwe.
In solidarity with WOZA the Dublin based Amnesty Zimbabwe group handed out roses in Dublin on St Valentine's Day 2008, in the same week the play A Footprint of Roses was staged in Dublin. This human rights based play was written by Elaine Desmond of the AI Ireland Zimbabwe group about WOZA at the request of the group and was staged in Cork, Dublin and Kinsale between 2007 - 2008.

A Footprint of Roses


In November 2009 Magodonga Mahlangu and Jennifer Williams, leaders of WOZA, received the the RFK Human Rights Award at a ceremony in Washington, USA, in the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

BRINGING RELIGION TO LIFE

Are not religions a response to the universal human search for meaning, wonder and values in the face of the implacable mystery of our existence - why are we here at all? Do human beings ever have certainty in postulating answers to life's great questions? Are our religions a human response to such mysteries rather than a divine revelation, as still believed by many? Religions meet psychic, social, philosophical, ethical and political needs.

Does the universe exhaust all of life's meaning, or might there be another dimension to life that completes its meaning? Today's global citizens can draw, critically, on a resource of wisdom and spirituality garnered over countless centuries as well as add judiciously to it. Such a global resource has been created through our experiences of success and failure in living authentically; through our capacity to make good relationships as well as our failure to do so - with each other, with other living creatures, with our planet and universe, and with the transcendent mystery that some believe completes the meaning of life.

RESHAPING THOUGHT

"The revolutions that count come silently, come first in the heart... Revolutions of this magnitude do not overturn a system and then shape it. They reshape thought, and then the system overturns without the firing of a single cannon. Revolutions such as this dismantle walls people thought would never fall because no wall, whatever its size, can contain a people whose minds have long ago scaled and vaulted and surmounted it."
(Heart of Flesh, p.172, Joan D. Chittister)

LIBERATING UNDERSTANDING

It is liberating to have an understanding of the scriptures of the major world faith traditions which allows me to say:
"that is what people claimed thousands of years ago to be right or to be the will of their god, but what they believed then does not constrain how I think today ".
To my mind, it is part of the dignity and responsibility of being human that we have to work out our moral conclusions and theological convictions, however provisional, for ourselves.



NEW ARTICLE: UNCERTAINTY IS TRUST'S SHADOW

"Christian theology and Christian ethics contain an inescapable dimension of uncertainty. This uncertainty is trust's shadow. That's essential to acknowledge and live with. Are there not two unprovable convictions central to the Christian tradition?
(1) There is an ineffable reality at the heart of life whose essence is unconditional goodness and love.
(2) The universe is part of a bigger purpose than just itself."
Uncertainty is Trust's shadow(2010)

NEW FICTIONAL THEOLOGICAL STORY

OUR OWN ERROR is a story about a fundamental error in Jewish thinking that brings into question the origins of Christianity.

OUR OWN ERROR

Was Jesus born in Bethlehem?

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Let there be life.      I welcome you.      In my vision of life everyone is sacred, full of worth, and loveable;     each person is entrusted with the precious gift of life.     Let life be lived to the full;     let life be developed and used;     let it be full of love and let life reach out to God in joy and pain, in bewilderment and trust.