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Petition to The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot, Administrator of the Diocese of Perth and the Diocesan Council

Do Not Silence Father Chris Bedding

Father Chris Bedding is a priest, an activist, and a comedian. In all three of these roles, he is a positive social influence. His parish has blossomed into a supportive, living community, and his work for the rights of refugees and LGTBQI people is as commendable as it is tireless. He has, however, currently been removed from his parish due to a single complaint about his social media usage, and the perceived content of his onstage performances. He has been denied the right of reply, and treated poorly. It is a shabby state of affairs that this excellent priest is being censored for creating innovative art. It is also a shameful waste of the limited time and resources available to a Church department principally set up to assist survivors of sexual abuse. As a comedian, Father Chris is funny, perceptive, creative, thoughtful – and through Pirate Church, a great provider of insight into the Christian faith, as well as the amusing day-to-day minutiae of parish life. Pirate Church has taken elements of the Anglican Church to audiences that would never have encountered its theology or practice, and made both accessible and interesting. It is more amusing than The Pearly Gates comic strip that used to run in the Anglican Messenger; more insightful than The Vicar of Dibley and unlike Rowan Atkinson’s procession of incompetent clergymen, Father Chris’s performances are not rooted in the stumbling, bumbling “good evening, Vicar” of English farce. Father Chris is a man whose onstage work reflects the living, breathing modern Church. It is unique, and is arguably the best contemporary representation of modern Christianity to be seen on any stage. (Jesus Christ Superstar, is, after all, looking a little creaky.) As members of the Arts community, and people of diverse faith, sexuality and gender, we are honoured to have him as a peer. We maintain that Father Chris has been removed from his parish as part of a secretive, misguided and cruel process, and we petition the Administrator and the Diocesan Council to reinstate him immediately. Art is subjective, but to see such a vital community voice struck down over an interpretation of art is sickening.

John Robertson
2,552 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mr. Narendra Mehta

Help Us Stop Accidents on Jain Sadhus - Lets Raise Our Voice Peacefully

Re - Jain Community Let us all Raise our Voice and Patiently Demonstrate our Objection to Accidents to our Jain Sadhu and Sadhvis - We Demand Protection for our Sadhu & Sadhvis - Please Provide Justice Mr. Narendra Mehta, BJP MLA, Mira Bhayendar Road Sir, this is to bring to your notice (as you might already be aware of) that our Jain Sadhu Sadhvis are not safe. Each day our heart weeps (and i am sure you must be feeling the same) when i see the pictures (i cant see it anymore actually...i felt extremely bad while uploading this as well) of road and highway accidents our Jain Sadhu & Sadhvis. I request the entire Jain Community to Stand up against the Brutal Accidents of our Sadhus and Sadhvis.. I request all the Jain Trustees, Sangh Pramuks, Sanghpatis, Karyakartas and finally Jain Shravak and Shravikaas and the Jain Youth and any one from any religion who firmly believes that any saint belonging to any religion should be protected against brutal assassinations (ya i would like to call it as such) to take up this issue and raise our unified voice against this inhumanity. Please whether you are a Derawasi, Sthanakwasi or Digambara or of any caste extend support to our cause by signing this petition and spreading this awareness.  I specially request to the ever active and passionate Jain Youth, a lot depends on guys are socially active, are well informed and well connected, please use your energy to spread this message of ours to the right person through the right medium.  I mean how long can we keep on seeing this. Everyday we get to hear of such accidents. I am sure there must be several petitions or peaceful demonstrations from Jain Community for taking this up seriously (although i may not be knowing of) and raising our voice against such incidents. We need to raise a unified voice against this brutality, otherwise it will never ever stop and at this rate we have the fear of losing all our beloved saints. Sir I am writing this petition to yourself Mr. Narendra Mehta, knowing that you would be able to better comprehend my dilemma as i am sure you would not disagree with me. We will appreciate if you can help us in spreading awareness by representing this cause on behalf of the community and taking this up to the topmost authority.  Lastly all my friends in cause please if you believe that the cause is worth it then please extend your support by signing this petition (it will not take more than 5 mins of your precious time) but who knows a small effort now might yield great results. If you have difficulties or dont know how to fill the petition please send me a message, i will help you.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart for at least having the patience to read this (signing the petition or not i leave it upto your judgement)

Jinesh Sheth
16,836 supporters