Dave Andrews (writer)

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David Frank Andrews (born 20 May 1951) is an Australian Christian anarchist author, speaker, social activist, community worker, and a key figure in the Waiters' Union, an inner city Christian community network working with Aboriginals, refugees and people with disabilities in Brisbane, Australia.[1]

From England to Australia to India

Born in England, Andrews grew up the son of a Baptist pastor in Queensland, Australia. After spending time in Afghanistan, he went to India with his wife Ange and stayed from 1972 until 1984. In 1973, Dave and Ange and their friends started a residential community called Dilaram and then in 1975 started another intentional community called Aashiana out of which grew Sahara, Sharan and Sahasee–three well-known Christian community organisations working with slum dwellers, sex workers, drug addicts, and people with HIV/AIDS.[2][3][4] Present in that country at the time of the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984, Andrews helped protect Sikhs from the backlash that ensued through non-violent intervention.[1] David Engwicht claims that Andrews and a friend "put themselves between an armed mob and a Sikh family and saved them from certain death."[5] Andrews and his wife were forced to leave that year.[1] [3][4][6]

Excommunication, Reflection, Action

Andrews was excommunicated from Youth with a Mission by their International Council.[3] The reasoning, according to Andrews, was that "I was a rebel and, as an unrepentant rebel, would be summarily excommunicated," and that "it 'was what the Lord told' them to do."[3]

The West End Waiters' Union

Dave and Ange returned to Australia with their daughters Evonne and Navi, they were employed by Queensland Baptist Care.[4] Dave and Ange and their friends founded The Waiters' Union as a network of spiritually minded activists who work with marginalised and disadvantaged people in West End.[1][4][6]

Bibliography

  • Can You Hear the Heartbeat?: A Challenge to Care the Way Jesus Cared with David Engwicht. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1989. ISBN 0340510633
  • Building a Better World: Developing Communities of Hope in Troubled Times. Sutherland: Albatross Books, 1996. ISBN 0824517261
  • Christi-Anarchy: Discovering a Radical Spirituality of Compassion. Oxford: Lion Publishing, 1999. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2012. ISBN 1610978528
  • Not Religion, But Love: Practising a Radical Spirituality of Compassion. Oxford: Lion Publishing, 2001. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2012. ISBN 161097851X
  • Compassionate Community Work: An Introductory Course for Christians. Carlisle: Piquant Editions, 2006. ISBN 1903689368
  • Plan Be: Be the Change You Want to See in the World. Milton Keynes: Authentic Media, 2008. ISBN 1850787786
  • People of Compassion. Melbourne: TEAR, 2008. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2012. ISBN 1610978552
  • Hey, Be and See: We Can be the Change We Want to See in the World. Milton Keynes: Authentic Media, 2009. ISBN 1850788480
  • See What I Mean?: See the Change We Can be in the World. Milton Keynes: Authentic Media, 2009. ISBN 1850788472
  • A Divine Society: The Trinity, Community and Society. Brisbane: Frank, 2009. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2012. ISBN 1610978560
  • Learnings: Lessons We Are Learning about Living Together. Brisbane: Frank, 2010. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2012. ISBN 1610978536
  • Bearings: Getting Our Bearings Again in the Light of the Gospel. Brisbane: Frank, 2010. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2012. ISBN 1610978544
  • "Bismillah - Christian-Muslim Ramadan Reflections" Melbourne: Mosaic, 2011 ISBN 978-1743240915
  • Down Under: In-Depth Community Work Melbourne: Mosaic, 2012 ISBN 9781743241226
  • Out And Out: Way-Out Community Work Melbourne: Mosaic, 2012 ISBN 9781743241356
  • "Isa- Christian-Muslim Ramadan Reflections" Melbourne: Mosaic, 2013 ISBN 9781743241165
  • "The Jihad Of Jesus - The Sacred Nonviolent Struggle For Justice" Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4982-1774-3

Reviews

[1] "Christians And Muslims Should Embrace The Jihad of Jesus" by Craig Considine, The Huffington Post:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "The Spirit of Things". http://www.abc.net.au/rn/relig/spirit/stories/s1464469.htm. Retrieved 25 December 2007. "Summary: The Waiters' Union was founded as a non-formal network of spiritually minded activists who work with marginalised and disadvantaged people in the inner city suburb of West End in Brisbane." 
  2. "Dave Andrews". http://www.daveandrews.com.au/. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Lion Hudson: Christi-Anarchy – Dave Andrews". Archived from the original on 21 April 2005. https://web.archive.org/web/20050421015113/http://www.lion-publishing.co.uk/features/0745942342.htm. Retrieved 1 January 2008. "Graduated from Queensland, Australia, and went to India in 1972 with his wife Angie to set up a home for junkies, drop-outs and other disturbed people in Delhi. They subsequently founded a community for Indians, which they developed and ran until they were forced to leave India in 1984." 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Author of Faith-based Community Work". National Church Life Survey Research. http://www.ncls.org.au/default.aspx?sitemapid=3143. Retrieved 1 January 2007. "Dave Andrews was brought up in the Baptist Church. His father, Rev. Frank Andrews, was a Queensland Baptist pastor, who, with his mother, Margaret Andrews, was involved in ministries in churches up and down the Queensland coast, from Cairns in the north to Southport in the south." 
  5. Dave Andrews; David Engwicht (1989). Can You Hear The Heartbeat?. Manila: OMF Literature. http://www.daveandrews.com.au/bios.html. "There is one thing you need to know about Dave Andrews. He is dangerous. For example, after Indira Gandhi was shot, two or three thousand people were killed in twenty-four hours in the riots that followed. Mobs rampaged through streets looking for Sikhs to murder. Dave convinced Tony, a friend , that it was their job to go out and save these Sikhs. Finding a besieged house, they put themselves between an armed mob and a Sikh family and saved them from certain death. That's why Dave Andrews is dangerous. He is ordinary, yet believes ordinary people should take extraordinary risks to confront the cruelty in our world." 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Brian Thomas (June 2002). "Stirrer For Christ". sPanz Magazine (Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa). Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080110100828/http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/823.0.html. Retrieved 1 January 2008. ""I would argue that contemporary Christianity is probably the anti-Christ – totally contrary to what Christ was on about."" 

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