Saturday, March 26, 2005

Background Readings on Easter

Source: Web
Background Readings on Easter:
Commodification to Radical Politics


Everything Easter

Easter Day, Easter Tourism, Easter in India

The Selling of a Saviour


Easter Glossary

Ethical Atheist: What is Easter?

How Easter Works

The Real Meaning of Easter

Traditional Symbols


History of Easter Egg

The Origins of Easter

The Plain Truth about Easter

History of Lent and Easter

Easter: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Easter: High Holy Day for Satan

The Crucifix or the Easter

A Scholarly Expose of Easter

The Lost Political Message of Easter Gospel Story


Review of the Meaning of Jesus

Pre- and Post Easter Jesus

Jesus the Radical

Can You Raise to the Easter Challenge


Awakened by Easter

Easter Reflection on Iraq

The Easter Rising

Friday, March 25, 2005

Power of Public and Participatory Journalism

What We Heard, What We Learned:
Exploring the Fusion Power of Public and Participatory Journalism

Full Report at:


•Wiki is a Web site where anyone can edit any page. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that is not perfect, but is increasingly credible and is the first absolutely open-source journalism project that I can name in every respect. If you know something about a subject, and you go up here to see what it says, I would predict the odds are strong that you’ll find they’ve done a very good job. And if you don’t like it, you can change it. And if you change it and someone
doesn’t like your change, they can change it back. It gets into very interesting wars over subjects, but basically people tend to agree and you have to remember that you’re writing something that people of all persuasions
will agree with.


"I think that future news for journalists and educators is something different. It’s very much about learning how to deconstruct the stories. It’s about building components that are going to help people participate in the news. It’s about building the components that help users co-author, co-make their stores. If it’s online, future news is not just something you read, it’s very much something you do. It’s an experiential kind of thing. It’s a news experience."


Full Report at:

Thanks Nat

Dear Nat,
Thanks for this instruction. The previous ones did not have the facility of going directly into 'Voices of ACN'. And that's the reason I kept creating my own blog because there was no 'clicking on' becoming operational on the 'new post'. And this is what I sent to you to explain the difficulty. Anyhow I hope this one works. If so then am real happy for succeeding at last. I hope I am not so dumb after all. Thanks once again.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Mobile Phone Users: Small Study

Nat/ACN (2005)

Mobile Phone Users: A Small-Scale Observational Study
by Zoe Laughlin


It is not uncommon to see a group of people (usually twenty-something's) sitting at a table in a pub or café, with their mobiles out on the table in front of them. After asking my peers about this pattern of behaviour, there appear to be a variety of reasons for this. Some people said that it was uncomfortable to have the telephone in their pocket, others said that they were expecting a call and so it was easier if it was out, whilst others weren’t really sure why they did it, it was essentially automatic.

From further observing these groups of people, the conversation would genuinely come round to their mobiles and they would be passed around for examination or demonstrations. In these situations it is not uncommon to see owners comparing the size, features, and ring tones of their respective telephones. Like all technology today it appears size does matter, and the smaller the better -an unusual twist on the traditional symbols of masculinity.

Sometimes people in the group would abstain from the conversations for a few minutes to ‘fiddle’ with their telephones. One might assume the conversation was not interesting them and they found more amusement playing with the games that can be found on mobiles, but after questioning, this appeared not to be the case. They were in fact texting other friends to see if they were coming out and telling them where the group was. Although some may argue that lose of communication with the people around them occurred, during the act of texting, but to some extent this shows that people are using the mobile as a means to a more sociable ends. The very fact of having something to ‘fiddle’ with is suspected to be one of the reasons why the numbers of teenager boys taking up smoking is falling. Those not interested in football may have previously joined the ‘smoking group’ but now gather together in the playground with their mobiles as the focus. Many smokers cite one of the difficulties in giving up is the need to have something in their hand. This suggests that part of the creation of a regular 'mobile habit' could actually be as an outlet for fidgeting nervous energy of boredom.

The text message has indeed become an accepted and every day method of communication for the younger generation of mobile telephone users, who are exploring the possibilities of the medium, creating purpose and relevance to both the caller and the receiver. In the same way as people commonly say "I’ll give you a ring" for what ever reason, now one increasingly hears "I’ll text you", showing that this habit, it is becoming more frequently used.

For some, text messaging adds an extra dimension to conversations and communication in general, for they can enable people to exchange snippets of information, that may not in them selves warrant a full call. This appeared to be the attitude of many of my male friends –supporting the research that suggest that men view telephone communication as a method of relaying information. One of the limitations of text messaging is that one has only 160 characters available -meaning that it suits short and to the point transactions, or in other words, a more stereotypically masculine style of user. One person told me that he sent 870 text messages in the first month and a half of owning his mobile, perhaps as a result of a 'honeymoon period' of usage, but also as an indication of how he has continued to use text messaging. When questioned, those male users for whom texting was a regular part of their communication habits, estimated they sent on average 100 to 200 texts a month. This is in contrast to the 50 to 100 messages their female contemporaries claim to send.

Irrespective of subtleties, the mobile telephone does cuts across gender differences. Both young men and women, as well as teenagers and even pre-teens, look upon the text messaging as mode of communication that not only fits their budgets, but which can be integrated into the cultural framework of there lives. They can be discreet, fun, rude, silly, practical, and versatile, whilst also enabling the user to communicate in situations where a traditional call may be inappropriate.. It is interesting how people can create individualities and nuances within their text messages, resulting in a texting vernacular.

The Guardian newspaper launched a poetry competition on Thursday March the 29th 2001 that called on their readers to text them a poem, bearing in mind that "the possibilities are infinite but the text can only have 160 characters." This demonstrates an understanding of the fact that people can use new technology in a creative way. If nothing else this competition confronts the issues of the text message genre subverting traditional rules of grammar, spelling and sentence construction. The article accompanying the competition makes reference to Marshall McLuhan’s famous mantra (McLuhan & Fiore 1967) by stating that "in this competition, the medium really is the message."



Nat/ACN (2005)

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Inter-Faith Websites

Inter-Faith Websites

A Selection of interfaithWeb-sites and Online Indices.

(Not sure if all the links are still working -- Nat)

ALLfaiths Press :
Interreligious information, news, polls.

BeliefNet :
A variety of of information and resources about religion and various religious traditions, news and resources, and links to other religion sites, including sacred texts

Center for Global Ethics:
Coordinates the work of thinkers, scholars and activists who are working to define, implement and promote policies of responsible global citizenship.

CoNexus Press :
Offers books, calendars, CD-ROM, and other resources for inter-religious understanding, wisdom and cooperation.

Council for a Parliament of World Religions:
The mission of CPWR is to foster inter-religious dialogue and cooperation in metropolitan Chicago and around the world.

Exploring Religions :
Exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

Faith and Values Network:
A primarily Christian media organization but with membership from a few other religions: provides online and television broadcasting content supportive of interfaith communications and understanding.

Fellowship of Reconciliation:
Explores the idea that we, humanity, are the Earth becoming aware of itself. Also affirms the Great Spirit of Oneness found at the heart of all the world's great spiritual traditions.

Global Dialogue Institute:
Promotes dialogue in the broadest sense among individuals and groups of different religions and cultures, focusing especially on scholars, professionals, and institutional & business leaders.

Inner Explorations :
Where Christian mysticism, theology and metaphysics meet eastern forms of meditation, Jungian psychology and a new sense of the earth.

Institute on Religion and Public Policy:
Online community and book source for integral culture and spirituality.

Interfaith Calendar:
An interfaith calendar produced with dates of sacred importance to major historic faiths.

Interfaith Voices for Peace & Justice:
Directory of faith-based and interfaith activist organizations.

International Interfaith Centre:
Aims to support the work of organizations and individuals to further peaceful relations, respect and understanding between people with different faith beliefs.

International Committee for the Peace Council:
The Peace Council is a diverse group of religious and spiritual individuals who work together so that "those of us who profess belief in our respective faiths can work for the common cause of humanity."

Jewish-Christian Relations:
Concerning issues in the on-going and expanding Jewish-Christian dialogue, with history, bibliography and links to organizations world-wide.

Movement for Beloved Community:
Our dream is the creation of a global network of individuals, villages, neighborhoods, and communities who share a vision of a beloved community—and want to realize it.

Multifaith Prayers :
Reflections from many traditions.

Museum of World Religions:
An online version of the Museum of World Religions in Taiwan. Information about Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions. Includes chatroom, music, graphics, and numerous interactive elements.

Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance:
Major multi-faith site has three main purposes: 1) To disseminate accurate religious information. 2) To expose religious fraud, hatred and misinformation. 3) To disseminate information on "hot" religious topics.

Our Faiths:
Multi-faith education website offering articles, chat, message boards for all faiths.

The Pluralism Project :
Developed at Harvard University to study and document the growing religious diversity of the United States, with a special view to its new immigrant religious communities. This site includes a growing survey and database of interfaith organizations, compiled by Affiliate Researcher Joel Beversluis.

The Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue:
Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue is a non-profit organization dedicated to mutual understanding among different faiths and cultures, located in Washington D.C.,

Regional Interfaith Chaplaincy Services:
A regional ministry of pastoral care, education, and research serving healthcare facilities in southwestern Pennsylvania

Religion Depot :
A listing of religions from the perspective of the point of origin and the source of influence (what religion did it adapt from, and the religions that it spawned).

Religious Diversity Faire:
The purpose of this organization is to promote respect, understanding andappreciation among the many faith traditions in our communities. We produce an annual Religious Diversity Faire.

Religions in Renewal :
Dedicated to efforts by people all over the globe to renew their religions or ideologies in such a way that they will be open to ongoing transformation while remaining solidly rooted in what is essential in their past.

SpiritWeb :
Spiritual consciousness on World Wide Web: Largest spiritual web-site of its kind; a major hub for connecting to global network of spirit-conscious truth-seekers.

The Tannenbaum Center for InterReligious Understanding:
Mission: to defuse verbal and physical violence perpetrated in the name of religion

The Temple of Understanding:
Non-profit located in New York at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, founded to promote understanding among the worlds religions.

United Communities of Spirit:
A global interfaith network, linking people of diverse faiths and beliefs who want to work with others to build a better world.

United Religions Initiative:
A global initiative to bring diverse religions to a common table so they might work together for the good of all life and the healing of the world.

Vision Television:
Canada's multifaith, multicultural television network

Virtual Religion Index:
Rutgers University tool for students with little time. It analyzes and highlights important content of religion-related web-sites to speed research.

World Conference on Religion and Peace:
The largest interfaith peace organization, its programs, chapters, links and reports.

World Congress of Faiths: .
A pioneering fellowship dedicated to bringing people of different faiths together.

World Network of Religious Futurists:
Professional association dedicated to understanding and advancing the future of religion.

World Scripture :
A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts.

Resume of Christ

Beautiful way to prepare for the Easter Season

The Resume of Jesus Christ
Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible. Keywords: Christ, Lord,
Savior and Jesus

Hello. My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me
Lord! I've sent you my resume because I'm seeking
the top management position in your heart.
Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my

€ ¦· I founded the earth and established the
(See Proverbs 3:19)
€ ¦· I formed man from the dust of the ground,
(See Genesis 2:7)
€ ¦· I breathed into man the breath of life,
(See Genesis 2:7)
€ ¦· I redeemed man from the curse of the law,
(See Galatians 3:13)
€ ¦· The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant
comes upon your life through me, (See Galat! ians
3:1 4)

Occupational Background
€ ¦· I've only had one employer, (See Luke
€ ¦· I've never been tardy, absent,
disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
€ ¦· My employer has nothing but rave reviews
for me,(See Matthew 3:15-17)

Skills Work Experiences
€ ¦· Some of my skills and work experiences
include: empowering the poor to be poor no more,
healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives
free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind
and setting at liberty them that are bruised,
(See Luke 4:18).
€ ¦· I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah
9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely
and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33).
€ ¦· Most importantly, I have the authority,
ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See
I John 1:7-9)

Educational Background
€ ¦· I encompass the entire breadth and length
of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See
Proverbs 2:6).
€ ¦· In me are hid all of the treasures of
wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).
€ ¦· My Word is so powerful; it has been
described as being a lamp unto your f! eet and a lamp
unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).
€ ¦· I can even tell you all of the secrets of
your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).

Major Accomplishments
€ ¦· I was an active participant in the
greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis
€ ¦· I laid down my life so that you may live,
(See II Corinthians 5:15).
€ ¦· I defeated the archenemy of God and
mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians
€ ¦· I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the
sick and raised the dead!
€ ¦· There are many more major accomplishments,
to many to mention here. You can read them on my
website, which is located at: www dot - the
BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or
computer to access my website.

€ ¦· Believers and followers worldwide will
testify to my divine healings, salvation,
deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural

In Summation

Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident
that I'm the only candidate uniquely qualified to
fill this vital position in your heart. In
summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See
Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life,
(See John 6:47). When can I start? Time is of the
essence, (See Hebrews 3:15). !!!!

Send this resume to everyone you know, you never
know who may have an opening! Thanks for your
help and may God bless you!

Monday, March 21, 2005

I just sign in

Dear Nat, thank you for your invitation again! I just sign in.

Best wishes


The multi-cultural space we live in in most of Asia...Religious co-existence in Malaysia. (Wesak Day, Kuala Lumpur, 2003)
Nat/ACN (2005)

Nat/ACN, 2004 The highly media-ted environment we really live in. Increasingly,we come "to know" about the world only through highly profit-motivated/oriented media organisations. With whose "eyes" do we see ourselves? How are we re-presented? How do we engage with such an environment critically? Any alternative ways of coming to know, so as to act? Nat/ACN, 2004

Sunday, March 20, 2005

I'm in

Dear Nat and all,

Just to let you know that finally, after a few wrong attempts and more precise information from Nat, I got in the blog CORRECTLY!