Building a Better World

Building A Better World is a classic resource manual for anyone who wants to work for change in our world.

Dave Andrews urges us to act on our growing sense of distress about the way the world is and to take simple, radical-yet-practical steps to explore the possibility of building a new world out of the ruins of the old – creating safe sustainable spaces, where everyone is accepted as person in their own right, where people are respected for both their similarities and their differences, where there is sense of responsibility for welfare of each person, where every person has the right to participate in the decisions that impact on their lives, and where communities are committed to doing justice to the most marginalised and disadvantaged in society.

As you would expect from a landmark do-it-yourself handbook written by a practitioner for practitioners, Building A Better World is filled from cover to cover with personal stories, professional tips, inspiring quotes, empowering anecdotes and lots of practice wisdom about what works and what doesn’t work in overcoming apathy, mobilising activity, subverting bureaucracies, and utilizing first order and second order strategies in the struggle to bring about a truly “PEACE”ful world – characterised by “P”articipatory politics and “E”quitable economics with “A”ppropriate technologies in “C”onscientized communities, exercising “E”nvironmental responsibilities.

Ramadan

Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, a time for self-examination, devotion and reading the scriptures.In this latest book of Christian-Muslim reflections Dave Andrews again takes lessons from this time of fasting, offering guidance to the adherents of all three Abrahamic faiths. While fasting is out of fashion in our consumerist society, Dave Andrews shows how through it we can recognise both our human weaknesses and our capacity to help others. Through fasting and reflection during Ramadan we can focus on the priorities of loving God and loving neighbour, and bring friends together in an act of interfaith conversation.

Out and out

Out And Out has been written in response to the questions that Dave Andrews, the radical Christian community worker, has been asked again and again by Christian community workers all over the world. And the answers that he shares with us in this book have been forged and tested in the fire of his own personal, vocational and professional experience as a grass roots community worker. Out And Out is an attempt to explore what he calls Christian Mystic Community Work, that inspires, shapes and sustains the Waiters Union, an inner city community network, that he is a part of, which is way out in terms of its inclusiveness of up and outs and down and outs. The book covers the contribution of Initiatives Of Change and the Twelve Step Movement and concludes with a beautiful reflection by Daves wife, Ange, on the legacy of hospitality Dave and Ange have tried to pass on to their children and their childrens children.

Isa

As a leading community development practitioner, Dave Andrews has enjoyed the friendship of people from various religious traditions and has sought to find common ground with his Muslim friends In this reflective reader he has sought to bring about a respectful listening regarding the Messiah from the New Testament tradition and that of the Muslim faith This is the song of a God for all and close to all: a God in whom we have our very being who draws close and nurtures us.. – Charles Ringma

Down under

Down Under has been written in response to the questions that Dave Andrews, the world-renowned Australian community worker, has been asked again and again by community workers all over the world. And the answers that he shares with us in this book have been forged and tested in the fire of his own personal, vocational and professional experience as a grass roots community worker. Down Under addresses the adverse effects of professionalisation and institutionalisation in community work and seeks to explore effective ways of resisting demands for compliance, holding the line and creating space for change. Down Under concludes with the wonderful example of Daves partner Anges in-depth, hands-on, face-to-face community work with refugees.

Crux

What was Jesus hoping to accomplish by laying down his life for his friends? And what has his death on the cross 2000 years ago got to do with us today? These are the questions CRUX answers, by re-examining the place of the story of the cross in the process of transformation. This book contends that the cross has the power to inspire a faith that can challenge the status quo and infuse our work for love and justice with infinite significance, and that the cross – and the unique critique, charisma, and catalyst it equips us with – is at the crux of any struggle for genuine personal, social, and political change.

Bismillah

Dave Andrews is no sit-down Christian. Hes an activist, driven by a belief in a radical compassion that can change the world from a mean place to a loving community, amongst people of all religions. One of the ways he demonstrates it is by entering into a dialogue with Muslim friends. For the month of Ramadan, Dave kept a Spiritual Diary. In it he explores the points of enrichment which he finds in considering the Bismillah, the praise found at the beginning of each sura of the Quran: In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful. – Rachael Kohn, Presenter, The Spirit Of Things, Radio National, ABC Radio.