Coming from a Scottish Methodist background, I was brought up with sturdy genes for fighting and a spirit which said to me, if I was tired or grieving or anxious, “Pull yourself together and press on.”
While same-sex marriage is not currently legal, some people are acting on faith that it soon will be. The South Sydney Uniting Church in Waterloo has already taken a role in ceremonies with three couples preparing for this change.
Over the ages, the most dangerous people are those who think they “know” what life is about and what might, or might not, lie beneath it. They are, of course, fundamentalists and can be found at the margins of every faith and none.
Many people of faith “pass the peace” to each other during worship services and beyond. This is obviously a friendly gesture, especially amid the complexities of everyday life. However, I sometimes wonder what we really mean when we say “peace be with you”?
In a culture like ours we are encouraged to aim for success and, generally, to hide our failures. Even if we are religious, and regularly confess that we have done wrong, we tend to do that privately, or in a formal manner before a priest, who keeps what we say confidential.
Few people would know about this worthwhile charity, as its focus is not a subject which we would be inclined to discuss. Its work relates to the reality that thousands of girls and young women around the world have their lives disrupted by the fact that they have no access to sanitary supplies related to menstruation.