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Ireland of the €1,000 welcomes!

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Laddok and friends on a protest march in Dublin, June 2010. Photo: Eric Luke, The Irish Times

My friend Laddok comes from Malaysia. His people speak a language called Kayan, spoken by only 30,000 people in the world. The Kayan are an indigenous tribe native to the Sarawak province of Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Many still live in longhouses. They were formerly headhunters. Headhunting has another connotation nowadays: the very worst aspects of it are at issue here…

Today, Laddok had the privilege of paying the Irish government €1,000 simply because he needed to move jobs. Irish work permits are vested in employers, not in migrant workers themselves. Apart from the penal costs and huge adminstrative delays involved – often leaving such workers with an ‘undocumented’ status – this awful system almost invites employers to exploit them.

I am proud of my country. I am excruciatingly embarrassed by my country’s stance on this human rights issue.

Céad míle fáilte romhat [a hundred thousand welcomes] – well a thousand anyway – indeed!

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30 June 2010 at 23:32

Sermon preached by Ugandan Bishop Senyonjo @ CCC, Dublin

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Bishop Christopher Senyonjo

Since 2001, retired Bishop Christopher Senyonjo has spoken out bravely on the subject of homosexuality. I met him briefly on his recent visit to Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Uganda is currently promulgating some of the most regressive new laws against LGBT people and people with HIV/AIDS, including a possible death penalty. His is one of the few senior church voices publicly opposed to these laws. Here are his sermon notes.

Today’s Gospel reading [Luke 8:26-39] tells us about the healing of a man who was possessed by a legion, that is, by many demons.

What I heard from this gospel reminded me of the wonderful reconciliation that has taken place in Northern Ireland. What a beautiful country you have. But it has been disturbed by unceasing unrest and suffering. Thanks to God, for the new healing that I felt as I walked the streets of your sister city, Belfast.

It is indeed proper to praise God for what his power has done for you here. Each of us should examine ourselves and see whether there are evil spirits in us that need to be healed. Jesus can heal us, just as he healed the man with a legion of demons.

For my part, I know that every day I need Jesus Christ to work on my own doubts, anger, fear; and on the hate of those people who use religion to persecute their fellow human beings Read the rest of this entry »

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29 June 2010 at 11:57

Posted in Church

Reblog: The Role of the Gay Community in the Great Dialectic (via John McNeill – Spiritual Transformation)

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John McNeill @ 'Silver Stars', Public Theater, New York, January 2010

John McNeill, one of the subjects of Silver Stars, has started a blog on spritual transformation. Here is his latest post:

Along with the emergence of the feminine archetype over the last fifty years, there was a parrellel emergence of a positive gay identity at all levels, social, political, cultural and spiritual all over the world. That emergence has a teleological purpose in the development of the anima-animus mundi. This presence of a visible gay community – for the first time – is an integral part of that dialectic and is another aspect of the rediscovery of the feminine or, what I prefer to call, the balancing of the masculine and feminine in a new synthesis in the human personality… Read more

via John McNeill – Spiritual Transformation

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27 June 2010 at 09:22

Posted in Church, Silver Stars

Silver Stars media coverage

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Reviews, articles, blogs, radio and TV media links – excluding honourable mentions and performance notices – for Silver Stars:

Irish Theatre Magazine, 19 August 2010, by Peter Crawley

YLE TVFinnish YLE TV 2 News, 5 August 2010

France 24, 3 June 2010 [from 02:24]

The Feminist Spectator blog, 31 January 2010, by Jill Dolan

nytheatre.com, 10 January 2010, by Robert Weinstein

Culturebot blog, 10 January 2010, by Andy

A Dublin Miscellany blog, 5 January 201o, “Theatre in the Noughties: the decade’s top ten” by Colin And there’s more…

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25 June 2010 at 16:19

Close Encounter of the Third Brother Kind

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I had an encounter with one of my brothers yesterday, the third eldest one as it so happens, who is a (very) born-again Christian.

There are many people I want to see before I embark on my great adventure, this brother being one of them. We don’t often see one another as he has distanced himself from the rest of the family over the years – though I understand he perceives it more the other way round. No matter, I called to his home when I was in his part of the city last evening.

From the very first moment I arrived, I was the object of his apparent mission to convert me from my evil ways, which included having my sexuality defined as an addiction – a new one on me. I was aware – from an earlier encounter with him about ten years ago, when I came out to him, and of which this ‘conversation’ obviously for him was a continuation – that he prays for my cure (through ex-gay ministry, if I understand him correctly). He told me he was so glad that I had brought up the subject – which, I reminded him, I hadn’t – but, anyway, the fact that I was there surely meant (for him) that we would ‘discuss’ this. He produced a Bible that actually uses the word ‘homosexual’ in at least some of the texts that are traditionally trotted out as purporting to condemn And there’s more…

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24 June 2010 at 17:49

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Reblog: Theatre in the Noughties: the decade’s top ten (via A Dublin Miscellany)

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Another accolade for Seán Millar and BrokentalkersSilver Stars:

Ten years ago, the British theatre impresario Michael Kustow issued an impassioned plea for the theatre, in a book with the now quaint title, ‘Theatre@Risk’. Faced with the overwhelming forces of both the internet and global capital, Kustow wondered, would theatre survive? It seemed for a while during this decade that Irish theatre makers were responding to this challenge by including bits of video in their plays and calling them “multimedia”. Th … Read More

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19 June 2010 at 10:36

Posted in Silver Stars

Reblog: “Glorious” by Peter Fingleton on blogspot.com

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Peter Fingleton’s blog review and pics from last Saturday’s concert:

Yesterday was a particularly gay evening, starting off with Glória‘s 15th Anniversary concert at the National Concert Hall (as mentioned previously). They were on fine and entertaining form with their renditions of “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, though I’m not sure how many audience members were aware of the Glee-related aspect of this. My favourite song… Read more

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Peter took the pics for this month’s GCN front cover and cover story.  Great job!!

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17 June 2010 at 17:13

Posted in Glória