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WHAT DO A photographer, librarian, ukulele player,
doctor, advocate for child abuse victims, speech
pathologist and an artist have in common? More
than you might first think. They are all presenters at
TEDxNewy 2011, a forum to discuss and share ideas
of worth, capable of changing attitudes and the world.
Before TEDx came TED events. TED events began in
the United States in 1984 and were originally designed
to bring together guest speakers from Technology,
Entertainment and Design. Events are free to attend,
are available to watch online and have seen some of
the greatest thinkers of our modern times participate --
Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and Bono to name a few. They
share their ideas and ultimately inspire action in others,
to get individuals and communities working towards the
greater good. Speakers at these events now also come
from the business world, the arts and science.
So why TEDx and more to the point, TEDxNewy? TEDx
events are locally organised and adopt the format
and vision of the TED events. TEDxNewy has a vast
array of local speakers to share their ideas -- ideas
worth sharing, which will inspire, begin worthwhile
conversations with a deliberate local flavour, and
help to create change, locally and globally. It is also
refreshing that this event has no political, religious or
advertising agenda. It is open to all and intended for all.
The website has information about the speakers,
video clips of previous events and media articles to
help generate discussion and ideas. The interest and
support for TEDxNewy has seen the Playhouse Theatre
venue filled well before the 12 November event. So in
the spirit of this free event, all talks will be streamed
live online. Take a look at www.TEDxNewy.com, enjoy
the local content and be inspired by the motto of the
event, "Shock of the New".
WITH CHARACTERISTIC HOPE and wisdom, Elizabeth
'Betty' Pike presents pathways for dialogue between
Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Springing forth from her own journey of discovery and self-
acceptance, Betty writes as one who has wrestled with
understanding Aboriginality and its significance for today.
This series of brief stories and meditations reveals the
power of story for hope, healing and embracing Spirit. Betty
draws on a spirituality grounded in the land and the lives of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and by engaging
with the central briefs and symbols of Christian spirituality,
forges spiritual insights to enrich all Australians. The stories
of heroic and inspiring Aboriginal persons - from history and
contemporary times - are recounted, as well as powerful
examples of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
Betty also presents a moving account of her own experiences
as one of the 'Forgotten Generation', and of her own path
to self-understanding. The volume contains Betty's original
prayers, poems and reflections, including her classic
'An Australian Blessing'.
Betty Pike, a long-time resident of Geelong, is a Nyoongah
woman whose ancestors are the Aboriginal people of south-
west Australia, and an Irish convict. She is writer-in-residence
at the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Melbourne.
'I was deeply touched and my soul was enriched by this
wonderful book by Betty Pike and by its message to all
Australians. As individuals we can choose to plant seeds
to make a better country for us all. Betty has planted a
wonderful seed for all of us, and I hope we all have the
courage and love to help it grow,' says Aboriginal author and
film-maker Richard J Frankland.
The Power of Story is available now from John Garratt
Publishing. E email@example.com or visit
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Aurora? Many of us find it difficult to say No . The spiritual writer Henri Nouwen wrote about
this in The Inner Voice of Love in 1997. He thought it was so important that he
published excerpts from his secret journa,l written during one of the most difficult
periods of his life. One of these journal entries concerns setting boundaries to his
love of others.
This is good advice for all of us when the person we need to love before we can love
others - our self - is somehow forgotten.
When people show you their boundaries
( I can t do this for you ), you feel rejected.
You desire boundless love, boundless
care, boundless giving.
Part of your struggle is to set boundaries
to your own love. Only when you are able
to set your own boundaries will you be
able to acknowledge, respect and even be
grateful for the boundaries of others.
The great task is to claim yourself for
yourself, so that you can contain your
needs within the boundaries of your self
and hold them in the presence of those
you love. True mutuality in love requires
people who possess themselves and who
can give to each other while holding on
to their own identities. So, in order both
to give more effectively and to be more
self-contained with your needs, you must
learn to set boundaries to your love.
Set boundaries to your love
Compiled by DR JOHN and CHRISTINE CAVENAGH
Malcolm Reilly, former coach
of the Newcastle Knights,
catching up on local news at
home in London.
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