Lenin wrote in his Letters On Modern Atheism : ‘I made a mistake. Without doubt the oppressed multitude had to be liberated. But our method only provoked further oppression – and atrocious massacres. It is too late now to alter the past – but what was needed to save Russia were ten Francis of Assisi’s’. How can we develop movements that will engage the coming Dark Age as faithfully – and as effectively – as Francis and Clare did in their day? To be as faithful, we’ll need to flesh out the same passionate and compassionate spirit. But to be effective in a post-modern society, we’ll need to evolve different structures and processes.
Dave, his wife Ange, and their family, have lived and worked in intentional communities with marginalised and disadvantaged groups of people in Asia and Australia for more than thirty years.He is particularly interested in community and the dynamics of personal growth and social change. He is part of the Waiters Union, an inner city community network, and employed by Tear Australia and Community Praxis Co-op. He is author of many books and articles, including ‘Not Religion, But Love’, and ‘Building A Better World’.