A crucial thought of my friend, the great and probably late people’s poet of Central Java, Wiji Thukul, was “Sesungguhnya suara itu tak bisa diredam.” (The voice truly cannot be suppressed.)
Communicating is built in to who we are both as individual human beings and as social entities.
Father Grant Edgecombe is both a master communicator in his services and pastoral work but also the possessor of a very important awareness of what we are as communicators: we are limited beings.
Here you can see the calm still energy of a mind both proclaining ancient teachings and busy looking for and open to new words connected to that truth. I see Father Grant as fully aware that only God is omnisicient:
Jesus acted in this world in more ways than one.
Geoff Fox, 7th February, 2023, Down Under
(Wikipedia suggests it is likely that Jesus as a native of the Levant had an olive skin. I think the right to freedom of speech and freedom of thought make it acceptable to speculate about Jesus having a non-white skin. For some people that may be an unacceptable speculation. I hope the above image does not offend them.
If we are in God’s image, then our diversity probably leads to the possibility that what God looks like is diverse too.)
When different cultures meet in a spirit of creative freedom, amazing things can happen.
In the following micro-movie made in his Wominjeka Garden earlier this week, Uncle Glenn Loughrey turned the soil for a memorial planting and found eight words which constitute brilliant insight into what the Australian tradition of memorial tree plantings can become.
Lest We Forget.
Bunjil watches over us.
Let Bunjil fly!
To resolve the differences between competing cultures, we must seek what’s good and keep away from what’s wrong. (Amar Makruf Nahi Mungkar)
Geoff Fox, 24th September, 2022, Naarm, Down Under
This is a statement of five of the most important religious beliefs I hold.
(I publish it on the birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson, whose faith journey took him in the opposite direction to mine and who said “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”)
The truth will set you free.
There is no god but God.
Faith cannot be forced.
Bunjil watches over us.
In the beginning was The Word and The Word was with God and The Word was God.
Geoff Fox, 13th September, 2022, Melbourne, Australia
Today on the 124th anniversary of the birth of Australia’s greatest ever cricketer, Sir Donald George Bradman, I call upon Australians and their leaders to strive for Bradmanesque excellence and turn a magnificent heritage site into a world class national park.
Geoff Fox, 27th August, 2022, Melbourne, Australia
A magnificent environmentalist transformation of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, has liberated me to an expression of faith seeking communion unlike anything I have ever done before, but in keeping with some of my past poetic endeavours.
Cultural Warrior Philipp Zey travelled around the world on a bicycle with a trombone, a golf club and a German pasta shaper.
He shared music, his golf swing and pasta meals using locally available ingredients with hosts and new friends in the cause of peace, understanding and freedom across and up and down Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa.