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19
Apr

Where True Power Lies

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Jon Owen has spoken at the Forum several times and is actively engaged with his wife Lisa and family with Urban Neighbours of Hope. We are grateful to be able to share some of his thoughts as he lives and works with friends in his local community at Bidwell in Western Sydney. I witnessed a […]

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03
Dec

The Only Gift That Counts- Jon Owen

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The following thought is from Jon Owen of Urban Neighbours of Hope. Jon has been a regular speaker at the Forum, and lives and works in the community in Mt. Druitt in Sydney’s Western suburbs. He and his family live out the idea of servant leadership in a very tangible and humble way amongst their […]

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27
Oct

Who will Rest and who shall wander? Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Zalman Kastel

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At a time that terrible suffering afflicts millions in the Middle East and continues to traumatize those who have escaped, Jews prepare for our New Year and day of judgement: Rosh Hashanah. In the synagogue the solemn words will ring out: “Who will live and who will die? Who will die in their time and […]

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19
Oct

Te Whiti: The Forgotten Forerunner of Non-violent Resistance by Dave Andrews

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The following is a chapter from the book “People of Compassion” written by Dave Andrews, a speaker at the 2009 Nationals Student Leadership Forum. The book is a wonderful compilation of the life stories of real people, gathered from across the ages and continents, who have embodied compassion and whose faith inspired them to use […]

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14
Oct

How to be the luckiest man on the planet- Jon Owen

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Just over a week ago I got to hold her face in my hands, kiss her on the forehead and then place a bracelet on her wrist that Lisa and I had picked out for her. Since she was 12 the handful of dates we have been on are the only times we know that […]

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05
Jun

A Chance for Some Change… – Jon Owen

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©Jon Owen at Urban Hope http://unoh.org/urban-hope/ What’s left of value in this world? “Jonny, got a dollar?” Unfortunately my pockets were empty so I offered him a chat instead. Thus began a wide ranging discussion with a remarkable kid, who recently sent us all into spin when he inexplicably disappeared for a few weeks. I told […]

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27
May

Being Jewish: Dissent, Self-Criticism and Self-Doubt (Lech Lecha) by Rabbi Zalman Kastel

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I have been reading the often funny, interesting and nasty observations of Tuvia Tennenbom in his book ‘Catch the Jew’.1 Central to his story and argument are a few key caricatures. These include the ‘idiotic, fanatical, but sometimes interesting Haredi Jews’, the ‘self-critical, self-doubting, self-hating, incoherent, hypocritical, humourless leftist Jews’, alongside various non-Jewish villains. It […]

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15
May

Practicing Development as Freedom – Shanil Samarakoon

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Shanil Samarakoon is the founder of Empower Inc, an organization which enables entrepreneurs to build self-reliant communities. Empower enables a five-year vision for communities by providing access to capital, sustainable technologies and capacity for building and support. Shanil spent much of his early childhood in Botswana and Malawi and was connected with rural life in […]

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15
May

Reconnecting Humanity – Ehon Chan

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Ehon Chan is a social entrepreneur, innovator and digital branding professional. Having grown up in a developing country, Ehon’s motivations are simple and compelling. He has seen first hand the inequalities life and society can bring. He has experienced loss and grief at a personal and community level. It is these life experiences that drive […]

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15
May

School Transformation – Jihad Dib

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Jihad Dib is the Principal of Punchbowl Boys’ High School in Sydney’s South West. Appointed to the role of Principal at 33, Jihad was one of the youngest principals in NSW when he took over and his modern approach revolutionised the school. Jihad’s leadership has led to a significant reduction in absenteeism, increased morale, surging […]

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