Welcome to my journey!
In the SIDE BAR you will find various links to pages on this website.
About provides some information about me.
My Books – An Improbable Feast, is the story of how Oasis, a centre of hospitality for all, came into being at Flinders University.
My Papers is a page with links to my archived papers and presentations.
My Resources gathers and provides access to the contributions of others to my journey.
My Public Events documents and provides resources for events I have created.
Faith Friendly Charter is a primary resource promoting religious inclusion and harmony in public, institutional or commercial settings.
Chaplaincy links to the archived website – travellingchaplain – that documents my journey as a University Chaplain and innovations in spiritual care/chaplaincy.
At the heart of my journey lies the germ of an idea – that the underlying means of achieving human belonging and human flourishing across lines of difference might be found in recovering traditional hospitality, informed by Nouwen’s concept of making space:
Hospitality… means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines. It is not to lead our neighbour into a corner where there are no alternatives left, but to open a wide spectrum of options for choice and commitment. It is not an educated intimidation with good books, good stories and good works, but the liberation of fearful hearts so that words can find roots and bear ample fruit. It is not a method of making our God and our way into the criteria of happiness, but the opportunity to others to find their God and their way. The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness, but a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves as created free; free to sing their own songs, speak their own languages, dance their own dances; free also to leave and follow their own vocations. Hospitality is not a subtle invitation to adopt a life style of the host, but the gift of a chance for the guest to find their own.
Henri Nouwen. Reaching Out: The Three Movements in the Spiritual Life.
(1975 Doubleday. New York) p 68.
I hope you will find my journey helpful to your journey.
Please feel free to contact or ‘follow’ me as a fellow traveller!