What exactly is Oasis?

I have been trying to work out why I can not find a direct answer to the question, ‘What does a chaplain do?’ or ‘What exactly is Oasis?’ I am in complete sympathy with the questioner, genuinely wanting or needing to know. I should have an answer. But I can’t seem to nail it. I …

Radical Hope

There is a story told in a book by Jonathan Lear entitled Radical Hope, a reflection on the life and destiny of Plenty Coups, the last great chief of the Crow nation of Native Americans, a people whose way of life was destroyed by white settlers supported by a white government. As the great chief …

Ladies and Gentlemen – an announcement!

From 2013, Oasis, is being hosted by the University – funding a Coordinating Chaplain, an Administrative Assistant and Oasis initiatives. What is Oasis, I hear you say? In 2012, the chaplains described Oasis in these terms: Vision As a unique interfaith collaborative, Oasis promotes peace and understanding among the people of diverse cultures, faiths and …

Lenten Meditation 1

About 500 people seated at tables of eight gathered for a special breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre to acknowledge the Fifth Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. Kevin Rudd, the then Prime Minister who made the Apology, spoke about that day, five years ago. As I have reflected on his telling …

The One Who Notices

On the occasion of the induction of Rev. Leanne Jenski as Coordinating Chaplain, Flinders Medical Centre, Flinders Medical Centre Chapel, 2.00pm, October 5, 2012 Reading Mark 12: 37b -44. Warning Against the Teachers of the Law   38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and …

The 9/11 Story You Never Heard About – written by Sandy Boyce

This weekend, we visited St Paul’s chapel, adjacent to the 9/11 memorial site. Even though it was so close to the World Trade Centre, right across the road, it was miraculously left undamaged without so much as a broken window when the towers fell. For a grueling 8 months, 24/7, relief and rescue ministry was …

The European Atrocity You Never Heard About

http://chronicle.com/article/The-European-Atrocity-You/132123/?sid=wb&utm_source=wb&utm_medium=en#top I think we all like a good conspiracy theory. But I have to say that I keep wondering whether the world I experience day by day ‘on the surface’ is not some kind of dream – a world away from harsh realities that are just under my nose, but remain hidden by the presenting …

A Visit to the Hare Krishna Temple

The Hare Krishnas have been in Adelaide since the 1970’s and are well known for their low cost restaurants and free food distribution to the aged and homeless. I was interested to know from Sucharu (centre, above), my guide for the morning, whether the needs of those they serve in Hurtle Square are growing – whether, …