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The distinct attraction of patience

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Being counter-cultural in a busy world

For certain tasks I often work in cafes. I find the gentle hum of noise in a café is just what I need to bunker down and get really focused on what I’m doing. But on a recent visit to my favourite café it didn’t quite go to plan.

On this particular morning as I walked into the café I noticed it was really busy. That’s ok, I thought, I’m not in a huge rush. But not everyone in the café was quite so content with the situation.

How are you?

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How to honestly answer your colleagues

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say”.

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

The Bowraville murders and our hunger for justice

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The Bowraville murders testify to our longing for justice. But why do we, rightly, long for justice?

I, like thousands of others around Australia, have been hooked over the past month by the Bowraville podcast series. If you’re yet to discover it, think of it as the Australian version of the 2014 global podcast phenomenon Serial.

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

What’s coming up in 2016 in Melbourne

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We've got exciting plans for 2016. Here's a little taste of what's in store - put the dates in your diary today!

We’ve got exciting plans for 2016. Here’s a little taste of what’s in store – put the dates in your diary today!

Lyceum Summer School (January 18-22)

Religion in schools, freedom of speech, and responding to suffering – just a taste of the topics we’ll be covering at our second annual lunchtime Lyceum Summer School. Come to one, or come to all. Plus this year we’re planning special evening trips to the Big Bash cricket and the Australian Open – a great chance to relax and spend time together.

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

Sorry always seems to be the hardest word...in the office

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Does saying sorry in the workplace mean you lack confidence? Andrew Laird suggests otherwise

Audrey Lee grew up in a home which “cherished Confucian ideals”. Ideals such as humility and saying sorry. Ideals that she believes didn’t set her up well for the modern workplace.

Last year Lee wrote a hugely popular article titled, ‘How to suppress the apology reflex’. In it she argued that confidence is an essential quality in the modern workplace, and that, “Confidence, at least in the American workplace, means never having to say you’re sorry”. She grew up being taught to say sorry, so to survive in the workplace she needed to learn how to “suppress the apology reflex”.

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

"So, what do you do for work?"

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Why "I am what I do" can be a miserable philosophy to live by

“Hi there, my name is Andrew. What do you do for work?”

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

There's no going back

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There's no going back from what's happened in Indonesia. But is there an exception?

I was working in a radio newsroom in Sydney in 2005 when news first broke; a group of Australians (who would soon become known as the “Bali Nine”) had been arrested in Indonesia, accused of planning to smuggle drugs into Australia. I remember the response of my editor as we read the initial news wire together: “This is going to be a significant news story”. How little did we realise then that 10 years later we as a nation would still be talking about, this time, the execution of two of those nine.

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

Love your work? Or love others through your work?

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Do you love your work? Wish that you did? Reflections on the latest MYOB ad

“You don’t love the hours. You don’t love the early mornings. You don’t love the competition. But the one thing that gets you out of bed every day is the one thing that got you started in the first place…you love your work”

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

"Still Life" and why people matter

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The film "Still Life" challenges the value we place on efficiency in our workplaces

Still Life is the story of John May, a local council worker who has the job of trying to contact the next of kin of those who die alone. For 22 years he has undertaken his work with meticulous care and kindness. Such is his belief in the dignity of human life, even in death, that he goes above and beyond to ensure that each person is given a thoughtful and meaningful farewell, even if he is oftentimes the only mourner at their funeral.

Ministry Centre: Melbourne