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April 2015 News

What happens when fear takes over?

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Do people universally have a fear of others like refugees?

In an upcoming free event hosted by Toowoomba Tear Group, community worker Greg Hewson will explore the topic of fearing others. 

“Being fearful is a normal part of life, we all fear things, and that’s important,” said Greg. 

“But what happens when fear takes over? In particular, what happens when our ‘fear of the other’, ‘Those people, ‘Them’, takes over?”

“What happens when this ‘fear of the other’ drives our national agenda, shapes our public policy, and colludes with our religious assumptions?” 

Greg said that the current media in Australia is constantly confronting the public with “fear, fear and more fear.” 

“What does this mean for how we live and share together in our local neighbourhoods?” he said. 

“And how does this fear impact on our thinking and acting towards others around the world?”

On Saturday May 2, Greg will share stories of fear, imagination and hope from the context of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan as well as drawing on local stories and insights to unpack some of these questions. 

Greg said the session at Toowoomba Community Baptist Church will unpack what local, tangible, actionable steps that can be taken to move beyond fear towards hope and connection.

“TEAR Australia’s vision for a just and compassionate world means that we are committed to working both in Australia and with our partners around to move beyond fear and towards wholeness.” 

“We look forward to exploring this conversation with you.” 

For more info on this free event, click here

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