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Church marketing personnel need to be up-to-date with the latest church marketing strategies and resources to successfully implement the church / parish marketing plan. This church marketing blog enables church marketing personnel to engage in blog discussions relating to the church marketing issues of today. The 'Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed)', 2011, by Bryan Foster, forms the basis for most of these blog posts.

Love is the Meaning of Life

Saturday, November 03, 2012
'Love is the Meaning of Life. God is Love. God is the Meaning of Life' is the theme of my latest book, which I am currently writing.

This School Church Marketing website by author Bryan Foster now has a webpage titled - LOVE.

On this LOVE webpage I will continually add various extracts from the new book. These will take the form of articles.

Fourteen articles so far are as seen on the LOVE webpage on this website:

Family Love - the Greatest and Strongest Love of All
Love is Social Justice for All
Love One Another as I Have Loved You
God is Love - Love is the Meaning of Life - God is the Meaning of Life
Love - Through a Natural Oceanic Experience
Love and Forgiveness - Essential for True Love!!!
Love is the Meaning of Life - Human Frailties Get in the Way
There is a God - Through a 25th Birthday Experience
There is a God - Through the Two Perspectives of Faith and the Historical / Cultural / Lived Experiences
Love Changes All
Love is ... Celebrating the Success of Others
Love is Giving - Australian Mateship Wins Out in Flood Covered Queensland
The Love of Priests and Pastors for Their Communities 


The 'Love is the Meaning of Life' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed) - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com   

Flood-Stricken Grantham, Nature and God

Friday, July 06, 2012

 

Flood-stricken Grantham in Queensland, Australia, is one place where nature’s tragedy so fills the heart with the oneness of all.

We arrived at the rock memorial to the 12 people who died at Grantham during the 2011 out-of-the-blue floods, at the same time two teenage young ladies arrived. We stood in silence and ended up being a part of their special moment, their reaction to seeing the names held in veneration on the rock.

Tears in our eyes contrasted with their joy at recognising two of their friends’ names and the flowers placed nearby.

The oneness we feel with our fellow humans during such tragedy is something quite wonderful, beautiful and so divine.

I had previously driven through Grantham, and along the nearby Murphy’s Creek, which were both astonishingly flooded in a once in a century event in early 2011, a mere two months after the tragedy which ended up seriously flooding the capital Brisbane downstream in the state of Queensland, Australia.

This time, just over a year after my first drive-thru and just over a year since the tragedy, was my first stop on a state-wide caravanning holiday. It was supposed to be a de-stressing, relaxing holiday – miles away from our daily existence. And it was – except - this first day ended up being another close encounter with God.

It is so hard to express the feelings one has when confronted by the reality of such an unexpected and horrifying natural fatalities. Having seen it un-fold on television, and shortly afterwards – those videos of people whose houses were totally surrounded by ranging flooded waters – filming it as it happened! One such recording was from a man whose house was literally floating downstream as he filmed first from inside and then from the rooftop. He was also able to capture other houses washing downstream – oblivious to the grand horror of what was actually happening.

To today stand in the park close to where his house floated past, and just metres to the railway crossing where a woman lost her child she couldn’t hold onto as she was stuck in those raging waters, was so emotionally confrontational, so challenging to normal human sensors, so one with God in all this horror, so freeing to be able to be, in some small way, one with my fellow humans during this most horrific day, just over a year ago!

Video of torrential flooding at Grantham 2011.

The 'Flood-Stricken Grantham, Nature and God' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed) - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com   


Aboriginal Lorina from Undara Volcanic National Park - a Young Lady Who Would Make Any Australian Proud

Thursday, July 05, 2012

 

Aboriginal tour guide, Lorina, tiler, beauty therapist, pig hunter and fisher person of note, is certainly not your typical Australian. Yet this young articulate and humorous young lady led us on our most informative tour of the Undara volcanic tube caves in North Queensland, Australia.

She drives a Landcruiser ute, owns three hunting dogs and speaks with all the charm and intelligence of someone very gifted. A product of Tully in North Queensland, the wettest place in Australia, she would prefer the dryer savannah grasslands of northern Australia.

You may be fortunate enough to come across Lorina somewhere from Undara west and north through western Queensland, the Northern Territory to northern Western Australia, where she aims to pursue her guidance as a savannah grassland and volcanic tour guide.

Being someone who has heard so much derogatory speculation as to what the modern day Australian Aborigine is like, it is so very pleasing to have been informed and inspired so much today by Lorina. Her humour and intellect kept everybody inspired and educated as to what the countryside above and below the volcanic ground had to offer.

Australia has so much to offer the world! It has such strong foundations through the Australian aborigines and their love for, and stewardship of, the land.

Its people, both aborigine and others from 160+ countries, cherish egalitarism, a fair go for all. Its economy outperforms all from the western world. Its sportspeople, business entrepreneurs and academics, per head of population, more than set the standard for so much success worldwide. These attributes, plus many others, place this country at the forefront of what is good and to be admired in this world.

If more people could tell such stories as these about successful Australian aborigines then their plight could be one of celebration instead of, as is often the case, despair.

The 'Aboriginal Lorina from Undara Volcanic National Park - a Young Lady Who Would Make Any Australian Proud' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed) - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com   



Azaria Chamberlain killed by dingo! Fair go mate!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Finally, we can all put to rest the horrific events that occurred at Eyre’s Rock (Uluru) in the central heart of the Australia in 1980. Parents, family, friends and the Australian community offer heartfelt thoughts and prayers for a destroyed family, who lost a baby to a dingo.  

The finding, of what turned out to be over 3 decades of inquests, court  cases and a royal commission, which had more twists and turns than any in Australian history or folklore, took on a surreal atmosphere when heard on radio when travelling from Roma to the Carnarnvon Gorge in the Central Highlands of Queensland, Australia, recently.

Roma is the beef heartland of Australia. Carnarvon Gorge is one of the most spectacular set of natural gorges in the world. To hear this radio announcement while between a major commercial meat processing centre and one where nature seems to stand still in time, causes a most surreal feeling - a tearing of the sensors between death and life.

Tears filled the car, as an enormous amount of empathy and grief was felt for the divorced parents, and their surviving children, of Australia’s first recorded baby dingo death.

Australians were so quick three decades ago to find Lindy Chamberlain both mother and murderer of her only daughter at that stage. Evidence, in hindsight, appears to have been offered to various courts more from the point of view of Lindy’s guilt, rather than her presumed innocence until proven otherwise.

The media vehemently supported this view. We, the community, inconceivably fell in-line to cast total guilt on to this now proven innocent mother.

Lindy’s family never recovered. Her marriage to Michael ended in divorce. Lindy was forced to leave her country, Australia, to try and live a normal life free from the abuse and guilt thrown at her by so many.

Lindy, Michael and their children had to endure the feeling of the convicted. Not once, but over and over, for more than three decades.

According to the coronial findings, the fact that a number of children have been found to have been killed by dingos over the past decade all over Australia, has contributed to today’s innocent announcement. Why, we must ask, were the initial prosecutors, and so many witnesses and others, not able to see that this was a real possibility for the death of Azaria?

As a nation we must feel shame for the failure of our legal system, for the ranging torrents of media hype for Lindy’s guilt and for our own inability to give another Australian a fair go. Something we hold so dear to our hearts – the right to a fair go for all. To help the down and out to be given a chance. To fight for the rights of the oppressed, the disadvantaged and others suffering social injustices.  The right to presumed innocent! A fair go - mate!

The 'Azaria Chamberlain killed by dingo! Fair go mate!' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed) - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com 

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