Speaker: Dave Andrews
Dave, his wife Ange, and their family, have lived and worked in intentional communities with marginalised groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal and for more than forty years.
Dave is particularly interested in intentional community and the dynamics of personal and social transformation. He is author of many books and articles, including Not Religion, But Love, Building A Better World’, Down Under – In-Depth Community Work, and Living Community (see http://www.daveandrews.com.au).
Dave and Ange and their friends started Aashiana, Sahara, Sharan and Sahasee — four well-known community organisations working with slum dwellers, sex workers, drug addicts, and people with HIV/AIDS in India; and they are currently a part of the Waiters Union, an inner city community network working alongside Aborigines, refugees and people with disabilities in Australia (see http://www.watersunion.org).
Dave is a founder of the Waiters Union, a lecturer in community work at CHC, a trainer for the Praxis Community Cooperative, and an elder emeritus for Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor.
At my best, I can decide to lock myself in an empty house, to fast and pray for a month, vowing not to come out until I have sorted through all my thoughts and all my feelings to make sure that my actions will be in alignment with God’s will for my life. But at my worst, I can emerge from my suburban hermitage a more intense, more intent, more focused, more committed, ‘self‑righteous bastard’ ready to rip into any unsuspecting people I encounter about their ‘inexcusable unrighteousness’. In this talk I’d like to share what I have learnt about the delights of ‘righteousness’ and the dangers of ‘self‑righteousness’.