the persistence of love

I take courage from an idea by Gandhi, which I paraphrase: Love must exist, it must be powerful - otherwise how is it that human beings survive even with all the awful things we perpetrate upon the world?  Gandhi points out that history is full of news of trouble, hurt and catastrophe, but it neglects... Continue Reading →

take this cup

"Cup" was made with conte and acrylic paint in 2010, and digitally edited in 2020. This image was published in the Emmaus Community's booklet of meditations for the season of Lent.  Here is my reflection: As I considered the scriptures for today's reading, an early artwork of mine came to mind. What does it depict?... Continue Reading →

art and empathy

Unless one is an artist, it is easy to dismiss art as either a luxury or past-time. Rarely do we hear art being described as essential. But science is showing that art is a valuable tool for developing empathy and attention. I was thankful to be asked to provide a workshop 'Art and Empathy' for... Continue Reading →

a new world

When I was a new Christian in my late teens, I attended a youth group meeting and the study imagined the human race having to leave earth and create a new world on another planet. We brainstormed what professions  would be necessary to begin again and I listened as lots of suggestions were made. After... Continue Reading →

lenten presence

Lent ( the 40 days before Easter) is traditionally a time in which we are to consider our vulnerability and fallibility as human beings. I was asked to contribute to a small booklet of Lenten reflections which is edited by the Rev. Meagan Crosby Shearer who is priest to the Emmaus Community and St Matthias... Continue Reading →

published

Having had my so much of my world view informed by listening to Australia's public broadcaster, the ABC, I cannot say how much it means to have a written piece published in the Religion and Ethics Report. The article Art and the Nature of Good and Evil  is an expansion of a talk I originally... Continue Reading →

beloved remembrance

This talk was presented on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, 11th November, 2018. The podcast for my talk can be found here. I found it really really difficult to get this talk together. You see, I am speaking from a place I would rather not be in- as  a child of... Continue Reading →

the resistance of love

This talk was presented at The Abbey Church, Victoria BC, Canada on February 25th 2018 in association with the exhibition History as Personal Memory. The podcast can be found here. My father and mother fell in love well after the Second World War yet their marriage never emerged from its shadow. My German born father... Continue Reading →

art and the nature of wisdom

On the 12th of March 2017, I gave a talk that ties in with my exhibition “The Other Side of War.” The talk was given during the sermon time at St Philip Anglican Church in Oak Bay, Victoria, BC, Canada. My working title for this talk has been Art and the Nature of Good and... Continue Reading →

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