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Per Crucem ad Lucem · 1W ago

Doug Gay on reforming Scottish Presbyterianism

Doug Gay has been in Edinburgh giving the Chalmers Lectures. The first two of these are now available online (see below), and the third and final lecture will be given later this week (I’ll ...
Per Crucem ad Lucem · 2W ago

Touching this earth lightly

Most evenings, I take the dog for a walk near my home. This means that there is period on ...
Per Crucem ad Lucem · 3W ago

When crisis and disorder become means of governing

I’ve just finished re-reading Luke Bretherton’s wonderful – and very timely – book, Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship, and the Politics of a Common Life. I’ll be drawing upon it for...
Per Crucem ad Lucem · 4W ago

‘The Fury That Breaks’, by Michelle Boisseau

After César Vallejo The fury that breaks a grown-up into kids, a kid into scattered birds and a bird into limp eggs, the fury of the poor takes one part oil to two parts vinegar. The fury that breaks a tree into leaves, a leaf into deranged flowers a...
Per Crucem ad Lucem · 1M ago

On damaging and defending public property (in Hobsons Bay)

Call me ‘old school’, but I’m really not very tolerant when it comes to damaging public property. Places such as parks, public libraries, schools, rivers, parliaments, etc. are, in my view, sacrosanct, and when such places undergo vandalism the damag...
Per Crucem ad Lucem · 1M ago

For MLK Day: ‘When you rise to the level of love …’

‘So somehow the “isness” of our present nature is out of harmony with the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts us. And this simply means this: that within the best of us, there is some...
Per Crucem ad Lucem · 1M ago

Democracy, responsible citizenship, and the politics of resistance

‘Because the only effective counter to the drift towards atomism and instrumentalism built into market and bureaucratic state is the formation of an effective common purpose through democrat...
Per Crucem ad Lucem · 1M ago

On making a submission to the Senate Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill

On 30 November 2016, the Senate of the Australian Federal Parliament resolved to establish a Select Committee to inquire into the Commonwealth Government’s exposure draft of the Marriage Ame...
Per Crucem ad Lucem · 1M ago

‘Playing God’

A lovely little poem with which to finish the year, from the New Zealand poet and GP Glenn Colquhoun, and with renewed thanks to Martin Fey, who, some moons ago now, first introduced me to C...
Per Crucem ad Lucem · 2M ago

Cicadas

A few week’s ago, my son and I enjoyed a couple of hours looking for and observing a variety of very noisy cicadas. We also recorded some of what we saw, including a couple of these greengro...