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Soul Food

Food for thought and soul including observations and reflective opinion pieces on current issues.

John and Andrea Lopdell with son Josh

The radical act of friendship

17 Mar | 2014

The idea of ‘hospitality’ makes many of us stare shame-faced at the floor. The good news is that being a domestic goddess (or god) has nothing to do with the real, radical act of hospitality ... oh, but it does have something to do with our gothy-sweetheart Lorde.

Malala Yousafzai

Inspiring change

6 Mar | 2014

Every year on 8 March, people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day by recognising the advances of women’s rights socially, economically and politically.

The town of Moore, Oklahoma USA after being hit by a tornado.

When all is gone

24 Feb | 2014

Lieutenant Sharon Autry is a corps officer at Oklahoma City Corps in the USA. She recounts the day a tornado changed the landscape of her town of Moore.

Police stand watch during the Springboks vs. Southland game at Invercargill’s Rugby Park on 8 August 1981 (Photographer: Stuart Menzies / Ref: EP-Ethics-Demonstrations-1981 Springbok Tour-01 / Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand)

The Byrds were singing

20 Feb | 2014

Ross Wardle of the Corps Growth and Mission Resources Department looks back on the 1981 Springbok Tour.

Waitangi Day at a marae

Building on our foundation

5 Feb | 2014

Finding a genuine way to honour the Treaty of Waitangi.

a cartoon image of someone surrounded by technology

Living above the shop

4 Feb | 2014

Modern technology is making it harder for people to leave work behind.

grumpy cat image

The joy of being grumpy

28 Jan | 2014

The joy of being grumpy is allowing God’s accepting presence among the fabric of our ‘ugly but adorable’ lives. And that will always make us smile.

a large pit of rubbish on fire

The upside of anger

15 Jan | 2014

Darren Elkington says it’s possible to see feelings of anger as a gift that we can invest wisely, for the good of others and ourselves.

Singer songwriter Audrey Assad

Honest songs

13 Jan | 2014

A musician talking of crucifying their pride and self-obsession is not something you hear every day. But Nashville’s Audrey Assad isn’t your everyday musician.

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