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Human rights, gender, development issues, religion and peace, reappraising and reforming the Christian tradition, challenging members of the world's long established religions and their leaders to move from outdated paradigms to up to date ones

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

As coordinator of the Zimbabwe group of Amnesty Ireland I was pleased that our 2007 issue of The Daily News in Exile received international coverage. As well as expressing soldiarity with independent journalist who work under repressive media laws, our campaigning is an attempt to raise awareness and to help transform Zimbabwe into a society where the dignity and human rights of each citizen are promoted and respected. Go to The Daily News in Exile
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BRINGING RELIGION TO LIFE

Are not religions a response to the universal human search for meaning, wonder and values in the face of the implacable mystery of our existence - why are we here at all?

Do human beings ever have certainty in postulating answers to life's great questions? Are our religions a human response to such mysteries rather than a divine revelation, as still believed by many? Religions meet psychic, social, philosophical, ethical and political needs.
Today's global citizens can draw, critically, on a resource of wisdom and spirituality garnered over countless centuries as well as add judiciously to it.
Such a global resource has been created through our experiences of success and failure in living authentically; through our capacity to make good relationships as well as our failure to do so - with each other, with other living creatures, with our planet and universe, and with the transcendent mystery that some believe completes the meaning of life.


NEW THOUGHT-PROVOKING ARTICLES

What comes after Christianity?

What is missing in Islam is need for modern theological insights

Josh's Confessions: the fantasy world of history's most famous and most misunderstood person


RESHAPING THOUGHT

"The revolutions that count come silently, come first in the heart... Revolutions of this magnitude do not overturn a system and then shape it. They reshape thought, and then the system overturns without the firing of a single cannon. Revolutions such as this dismantle walls people thought would never fall because no wall, whatever its size, can contain a people whose minds have long ago scaled and vaulted and surmounted it."
(Heart of Flesh, p.172, Joan D. Chittister)

LIBERATING UNDERSTANDING

It is liberating to have an understanding of the scriptures of the major world faith traditions which allows me to say:
"that is what people claimed thousands of years ago to be right or to be the will of their god, but what they believed then does not constrain how I think today ".
To my mind, it is part of the dignity and responsibility of being human that we have to work out our moral conclusions and theological convictions, however provisional, for ourselves.




Please feel free to contact me: preferably at tiripo@gofree.indigo.ie or else maybe by signing my guestbook.



As well as visiting this web-site, you may wish to explore further and so may be interested in the following sites:

http://www.amnesty.ie
http://www.fairfundfoundation.org
http://homepages.which.net/~radical.faith/index.htm
http://www.ocnireland.com
http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk
http://www.tcpc.org
http://www.sofn.org.uk
http://www.progressivereligion.org.au
http://www.jackgood.net
http://www.rexaehuntprogressive.com
http://www.ireland.anglican.org
http://www.anglicansonline.org
http://www.uspg.org.uk
http://www.religioustolerance.org




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Let there be life.      I welcome you.      In my vision of life everyone is sacred, full of worth, and loveable;     each person is entrusted with the precious gift of life.     Let life be lived to the full;     let life be developed and used;     let it be full of love and let life reach out to God in joy and pain, in bewilderment and trust.