Olive Tree Planting in Palestine

_DSC3707One of the Five Marks of Mission widely adopted as an expression of contemporary Christian mission is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”.

Peacemaker Trust is therefore enthusiastic to support the Olive Tree Planting Campaign organised by the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA\YWCA of Palestine and Alternative Tourism Group (ATG). Continue reading

Church and State

29543298_2042439869304720_1866500158982377909_n

During my visit to Melbourne I was introduced to some very special people.  I enjoyed a breakfast with the Right Revd Philip Huggins, Assistant Bishop of Oodthenong, in the Diocese of Melbourne and Rev Ian Smith, Executive Officer of the Victorian Council of Churches. Bishop Philip is also President of the National Council of Churches in Australia. He has a strong interest in and actively contributes to welfare and multi-cultural issues and activities. We spoke of his forthcoming visit to Ramallah and burden for justice and peace in Israel-Palestine.

Continue reading

Visiting Moore College, Sydney

IMG_1989While staying in Sydney recently,  I was pleased to meet up with the Revd Dr Mark Thompson, Principal of Moore College and some of their faculty and students. Mark had previously visited Christ Church, Virginia Water, where I used to serve as vicar, for a GAFCON event.

Over the years, many of our church apprentices benefited from the theological training provided through Moore College online and correspondence courses. We discussed our mutual interest in providing resources for theological colleges in East Africa alongside the Christianity Explored course.

Dr Thompson said that when I am next in town he hopes to find a way for me to engage with interested students.

Continue reading

St Francis College, Brisbane

IMG_2054During a recent lecture tour of Australia I was invited to deliver a seminar on the Bible, Israel and the Church at St Francis’ College, Brisbane, Southern Queensland. The event was organised in partnership with Fighting Fathers and Friends of Sabeel Australia. My presentation was based on my book, Zion’s Christian Soldiers which will soon be available digitally as well as in print form.

St Francis College is an Anglican educational and spiritual centre where students can learn and grow in the Christian faith. We assist students to think critically, grow spiritually and bring about change. Continue reading