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E-book of the presentation delivered at the ROS Conference, Melbourne 2016.
remember sitting in a board meeting a couple of years ago, and having a particularly challenging discussion about the agency’s asylum seeker and refugee advocacy policy. We were discussing the way we needed to ‘be’ in the role of advocate as a faith based and non-violent activist organisation: and finding it complicated to come up with a shared way. Each person around the table had their own perspective, preferences and abilities and levels of willingness about taking a risk. It was more than simply developing a fresh policy for the organisation, instead it was about relationships.
I have also spent time looking at and practicing the non-violent activism work of Martin Luther King and Gandhi and their relevance to both congregational and agency work; because as one of my favourite authors Arundhati Roy, has said: “Once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee it”. This reality of what we see and how we respond is at the heart of my discussion with you today.
In my talk this morning, I am going to take you through my reflection about what I have seen both as CEO working in Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist and secular NFPs and as an Anglican priest, in what is occurring at the moment in our service and faith worlds...