The Tibetan Sand Mandala & My Faith

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While I’m (obviously) not Buddhist, since seeing it in Samsara, an epic film, I have been quite taken with the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of creating coloured sand mandalas. I have found aspects of the sand mandala that deeply resonate with my own faith and the story of the world as I understand it. Working from the center, out, the creation …

A Year of Slavery

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This evening I will be presenting my last talk for the year on the issue of human trafficking and slavery, specifically, sex slavery. In my work with TEAR Fund I have done many talks throughout the year on this issue, from all girls high-school classes, through to tonight’s presentation to a Rotary Club. I’ve spoken in schools, churches, on the …

Understanding the Dirty Politics NZSIS Saga

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Disclaimer: This isn’t the sort of thing I would normally comment on these days but I thought it might be helpful for some people if I throw a thought into the mix. This is my own opinion and not representative of any organisation or entity I am connected to. Trying to wade through the information, stories and opinions out there …

Psalm 137: Unbridled Anger

Psalm 137

Psalm 137 has some of the most recognisable lines of any of the Psalms. Its opening was made popular through the rather cheery sounds of Bony M back in the day, and its closing words are often used to demonstrate the horror of the Bible. Firstly, while I kind of like the Bony M tune for Rivers of Babylon, it …

Euthanasia

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Disclaimer: This article is written purely from my personal perspective and is not in any way connected to the opinions of any organisations/entities I am affiliated with. Euthanasia/assisted suicide is rightly, a sensitive topic. Most of the discussion around it now focuses on the assisted suicide of people living in immense pain and what most would perceive as a low ‘quality of …

Dear Granddad and Grandma

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Dear Granddad and Grandma, I don’t even know if that’s what I should call you as I’ve never had pet names for you, but it’s what I’ll work with for this letter. It may seem strange that I would be writing this to you. Firstly it might seem strange that it’s public but there is this big bit of me …