When the ‘Other’ Becomes ‘Brother’

Reverend Francis RitchieHumanitarian Work

In June 1976, Syrian troops entered into Lebanon and kicked off 29 years of an oppressive occupation that ended in 2005. The pretext was a civil war that many believe the Syrian regime had fomented in order to take control of the country. Lebanon’s lush Beqaa Valley was the staging ground for the entry of Syrian troops that would lead to … Read More

The Common Sanctuary Episode 5: The Ethical Fashion Guide

Reverend Francis Ritchie0 Comments

Ethical Fashion Guide

Tearfund New Zealand has partnered with Baptist World Aid in Australia to release a New Zealand version of the Ethical Fashion Guide. For Episode 5 of The Common Sanctuary I took the opportunity to catch up with Dr Murray Sheard about the guide and the impact it can have. You can get your free copy of the Ethical Fashion Guide … Read More

The Common Sanctuary Episode 4: Cardinal John Dew

Reverend Francis Ritchie0 Comments

Cardinal John Dew

Following Resurrection Sunday, this episode of The Common Sanctuary features an interview I did with His Eminence, Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington. I have a lot of respect for Cardinal John Dew, so it was an honour to have some time to chat and hear his thoughts on New Zealand, the Church and the relevance of the Easter story. … Read More

Martin Scorsese’s Silence: A Personal Review

Reverend Francis RitchieMiscellany, Spiritual Disciplines

Martin Scorsese's Silence

11 days ago I saw Martin Scorsese’s Silence. The film wrecked me. I had hoped to write a solid review to throw into the ether of conversation about it, but for most of the time since then I have had nothing except scrambled thoughts and feelings. Initially I felt disappointed with myself for not being able to pull together something … Read More