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Unplug and Plug In: Day 18

March 6th, 2010 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Ruby Duncan is a provocative thinker and local hero.  She’s lived in New Zealand, Australia and the slums of Manila, and is now the head of Iosis, the family support service of the Baptist Union in Aotearoa.  

I mention this because she was invited to speak at Parachute this year as part of a debate on the family – isn’t that cool?  You can read what she and others said in this New Zealand Herald article.

Why is this in a post about our Unplug and Plug In Lent challenge to go screen-entertainment-free?  Well, Ruby has some interesting thoughts on the role of television in the Kiwi family.  I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts.  Also, reading the newspaper online is a great way to avoid the tv ‘news’, with all its ads, gossip and depressing crime reports…

Ruby and her husband Mick also run Alongsiders, helping church folks to be ‘less than a social worker, more than a friend’.  They’ll be coming to West in November to help equip us as we get continue to get alongside struggling people in Spotswood, and be a place of shelter, faith and laughter, so watch this space closer to the time, and check out what Alongsiders is all about, here.

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