Reflection at Myruan Sukumaran’s Funeral

May 10

Over the years I have been heavily involved in anti death penalty campaigns. Barlow and Chambers in Malaysia, Van Nguyen in Singapore and now Chan and Sukumaran in Indonesia.It’staught me a thing or two about what is of ultimate importance in life. These lessons have been so painfully learned and are so strong that they have changed me forever. The first...

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Chan – Sukumaran & Death: What we can learn from all of this

Apr 29

Chan – Sukumaran & Death:  What we can learn from all of this

Yesterday, 28th April was quite a day for me.  It was a day when I saw again and again the inherent fineness and goodness in many human beings. Ironically, it was at two places where I was dealing with death. For many years I have been participating in a service, both secular and religious to honour and remember those who died whilst at work.  As you can imagine...

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No government help for child sex abuse victims

Mar 26

No government help for child sex abuse victims

If you get damaged as a child, don’t ever expect the government to help. The history of government’s helping those in the most need, particularly if they are poor and vulnerable is abysmal. If it costs any money, governments are ‘out of there’.   It’s almost as if a “it didn’t happen to me, so I have no feelings for the victims”...

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Kayla Mueller did not die in vain

Feb 13

Kayla Mueller did not die in vain

When I first saw the photograph of Kayla Mueller, the young American aid-worker firstly captured by ISIS only to die in a blast somewhere, I got a real shock.  I saw the open face of a young girl who, in many ways, could have been my own daughter.  I am lucky enough to meet young people like that all the time.  I began to notice it, really with the young people who...

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A plea for clemency for Andrew Chan & Myuran Sukumaran

Feb 09

A plea for clemency for Andrew Chan & Myuran Sukumaran

Sometime this month (February)  Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be led out of their gaol cells and onto a plane.  The plane will fly somewhere and land.  They will then be placed on a boat to sail somewhere where the execution will take place.  They will stand up, sit down or lie down and be shot by firing squad. How cold blooded and merciless is that!  In...

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Welcome to www.billcrewstv.org

Feb 09

Welcome to www.billcrewstv.org

I have found the telling of stories to be a powerful way of bringing people together and motivating them to make change, either in themselves personally or for other individuals or communities. The telling of stories, I have found to be a profoundly spiritual act.  They link us to our common humanity and lift us outside ourselves into a realm of new possibilities.  ...

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