In the run up to Sydney WorldPride, SBS On Demand 'The Feed' were kind enough to produce a short feature on my wife Penny Jones and I,, which we hope may help and encourage others.
Fahimah, co-president of the Muslim Collective, is such a good friend and inspiration to us at Pitt Street UC, and beyond, and she expresses so well (in her words and, crucially, her deeds) the purpose of all good faith - to strengthen lives of all kinds and nurture the common good - so horribly betrayed by some ‘religious’ folk #lovenotpelvicorthodoxy
Such a joy to sit and walk with her again recently - not least in the SBS Insight program in which we both shared. This explored what is happening with religion in Australia, particularly with the rise of 'nones' (people saying they affiliate with no religion) and 'dones' (those still people of faith but disenchanted with their inherited brand). It was moving, and sometimes challenging, to hear stories of pain and hurt as part of this, as well as some stories of life and liberation. Fahimah's words were part of the blessed insights the great Wisdom traditions can still offer - if they grow up and become more fully divinely human in their recognition and affirmation of everyone's human dignity and questions.
At the invitation of the Hindus for Human Rights organisation, was a great delight to host a beautiful gathering for the International Day of Peace this year. We even had SBS come to video and interview participants as part of the forthcoming Insight program on what is happening with faith commitments in Australia. A segment will be featured on the program as an example of people of faith working together for the common good and building up not casting down or dividing..
Jo Inkpin is an Anglican priest serving as Minister of Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney, a trans woman, theologian & justice activist. These are some of my reflections on life, spirit, and the search for peace, justice & sustainable creation.