The Invisibility Cloak

ImageEach year, Dr Phil Daughtry, the Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, writes a series of Lenten reflections which he shares with the staff of Tabor Adelaide. Phil has a PhD focussing on Karl Rahner and his spirituality of silence, and he has a particular research interest in youth spirituality. If you are interested in hearing some more of his reflections, let us know and we will post them on the blog.

Yesterday I had a conversation with a colleague about the invisible people. The context was a discussion about specialist youth programs in schools for students who are neither ‘gifted’ nor ‘challenged’, neither high-achieving nor disengaged. One of these young people, in year nine, had disclosed to my colleague a perception: ‘no-one notices when I’m not here’. Read More

The Distinctive Christian Shaping of Forgiveness

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Rev Dr Stephen Spence
Being victimized is a common human experience and the desire for revenge is just as common a human experience. But history and personal experience has taught us that revenge doesn’t contribute to the creation of a new, healthier community; revenge looks to the past and so destroys the future. Even justice exercised on behalf of the victims is not enough to create new communities of love. Only (deep and painful) forgiveness can build a future by overcoming exclusion in favour of embrace.

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