ONCE, churches mattered.
Once religious motivation inspired powerful social reformation.
Not in Tasmania, anymore. It is too much a privatised remnant obsessed with property and fabric, picking up the fallen at the base of the cliff … never bursting into the temple to overthrow the tables of the moneychangers.
David Llewellyn (pictured) — Minister for Gunns — as Peter Henning so eloquently puts it, and I once dressed up as Anglican Lay Readers at St Thomas the Apostle Howrah.
It was another time and another place.
Thank God we change. Or some of us do …
I’m far more fringe-dwelling liberal Christian bordering on Dissolute Buddhist Pagan these days (is there such a category?); with a string of pecadilloes trailing after me like the sordid tail of a comet.
David, meanwhile, remains a powerful establishment figure; perhaps most representative of a corporatist Labor elite loathed and derided by thinking Tasmanians desperate for a paradigm shift in the island’s philosophy; a shift away from Cargo-Cult, Golden Calf of corporate, extractive and consumer dominance.
It is a loathing and a derision which will have a powerful expression in Beaconsfield on Sunday: A confrontation with the State Government is set for Beaconsfield on October 4th
My fellow former Lay Reader David Llewellyn still espouses a philosophy which to me seems desperately at odds with the gospel we both preached all those years ago, celebrating the sandle-clad, nomadic Carpenter of Nazareth who was so at odds with the Spirit of his Age.
Each to his own. Judge not that you be not judged … Except at Beaconsfield on Sunday, when a very harsh judgment will be passed on the Gospel According to David Llewellyn and his Labor colleagues.
Ring those bells!