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06
Jun

NSLF Spotlight – Jess

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NSLF Spotlight: The Interns Each year we take a group of young men and women to participate in the NSLF Internship program. This is an 8-month commitment to growing relationally, professionally and spiritually whilst helping to build the Forum event. Jess is one of our 2016 Interns. Here’s her story. • How did you get […]

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06
Jun

University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven

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In an address to University of Texas Alumnus, Naval Adm. William H. McRaven speaks on how to change the world, team work, perseverance, inner strength, respect, standing your ground… and making the bed. Title: University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address Speaker: William H. McRaven Format: Video (youtube) Date: 17th May, 2014

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17
May

The transformative value of conversation – 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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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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18
Nov

Community Mango Station Style

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Each year, a group of past delegates and facilitators from the Forum head off the beaten path in search of community, adventure, long conversations and a way to put this idea of “servant leadership” into practice. This July, a group of us spent 2 weeks with friends on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu. […]

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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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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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09
Oct

Vanuatu Reflections – Nina Barnett

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Vanuatu is one special place in the world – one that I never quite expected I would go. But there I found myself, balancing on a fallen coconut tree in the river, tentatively avoiding the nasty spiky snails while my limbs were enthusiastically scrubbed and soaped by the little ‘pikininis’ (meaning children in Bislama) who […]

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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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26
May

An Inquiry Challenge – Emma Froggatt

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I have attempted a little philosophy in my life of asking the question, until the point is confirmed. I try to ask questions of my thoughts, beliefs, hopes and habits in some attempt to strengthen the things that I can believe are true, and filter out the things that don’t matter so much. I think […]

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