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  • Published: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143788416
  • Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Outspoken

Because Justice Is Always Social




‘Dear Christians. Some PPL are gay. Get over it. Love God.’

‘Dear Christians. Some PPL are gay. Get over it. Love God.’On 24 July 2013, Father Rod Bower put up these words on the roadside sign of his Gosford parish church. He also posted them on Facebook. Within minutes a social media revolution was underway – the post was shared thousands of times – and this passionate advocate for social justice arrived on the public stage. Today he has close to 65,000 followers on social media, many of whom are agnostic. He uses his platform to raise questions about our ethical framework, and to highlight injustice. Calling Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, a ‘Sodomite’ attracted anger from the community and also from within the Anglican Church, something Father Rod is used to.Conscience of our nation or disruptor? For a man of peace, Father Rod never backs away from a fight. He has even chained himself to the Prime Minister’s gates to highlight the plight of asylum seekers on Manus Island. Then again, this adoptee and former butcher was never likely to be wholly conventional.Outspoken illuminates the life and work of the man behind those signs.

  • Published: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143788416
  • Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Rod Bower

Rod Bower was adopted into a rural Hunter Valley family, then became a butcher at the age of sixteen. On impulse, this lapsed Anglican went to church one Christmas morning. ‘Something captivated me that day,’ he says. Years later, Rod was as surprised as anyone when he emerged from the seminary ready to embark on a career in the priesthood. By 1999, just married to Kerry and now father of two teenagers, he and the family moved into the rectory in Gosford, one of the largest parishes in his Newcastle Diocese. Appointed Archdeacon of the Central Coast in 2001, Rod’s star was on the rise, only to crash to earth when he was demoted for offering pastoral care to a colleague who had stolen money from the church. Punished for offering counselling rather than seeking retribution, Rod questioned his vocation. Instead of running away, however, he stood his ground.It is this characteristic people have responded to ever since Fr Rod Bower took to social media. His flair for one-liners and passion for social justice has seen him emerge as one of Australia’s top commentators. Clashes with political figures, like calling Peter Dutton a ‘Sodomite’ for his dehumanising treatment of Manus detainees, is all in a day’s work. His approximately 65,000 social media followers seek out his commentary on subjects such as marriage equality, asylum-seekers and other human rights issues. He has embraced the possibilities of the digital revolution, using his platform to further the sort of conversations priests have been having for centuries.

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