September 2013


The power of art to reach across barriers

Good Samaritan Sister Judith Souter took an unexpected trip to Palm Island recently, an experience she describes as mind-blowing and one which showed her yet again the power of art to reach across barriers.

An election, a new government: your thoughts?

“The Good Oil” canvassed some of its readers from across the nation for their reaction to the recent federal election and their hopes for Australia’s new government. We’d love to hear what you think.

Musings of a Leader

Seeking to bring beauty into being

As individuals we need to constantly offer an alternative to ugliness, darkness, hatred and violence, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.


It’s like Church-sans-frontier

Volunteering quietly opens the door to another house, both in my neighbourhood and in my heart, that I might otherwise pass by, writes Alice Priest.


The value of atheists

Atheism shows us the log in our own eye, writes Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser.


City dweller makes home in QLD outback

For Good Samaritan Sister Carmel Pattinson, a self-confessed extrovert who’s lived in the city for 40 years, coming to terms with the isolation of a ministry in western Queensland can be challenging, but she says she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Being Just Neighbours

It’s 40 years since White Australia ended

The last vestiges of the White Australia policy were removed on September 17, 1973. Have we as a nation evolved much since then, asks Moira Byrne Garton.

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