Karien Dekker, Thornbury

"I was teaching social planning … I've gotten used to the Australian-English accent but in my first weeks I had real trouble understanding some of the [students], especially those from regional Victoria." "Because I do so much research about how disruptive migration can be for your networks, I was very much aware of the dangers." … Continue reading Karien Dekker, Thornbury

Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part Two

“There is a vision in the book of Revelation which I love - in the Bible - that talks about how around the throne of God in heaven there are people of every tongue, tribe, language and people group.” “Every cross-cultural experience you have makes you richer.” “I would just like to encourage people to … Continue reading Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part Two

Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part One

“I remember hospitality being a big thing in our family and it wasn’t until probably university when I realised that wasn’t normal for a lot of people.” “I wish I was better at picking up sarcasm. You’d think I’d be better at it by now.” In this episode, part one of a two-part conversation, Sharon … Continue reading Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part One

Heather Anne Bloom, Brunswick

"Australia gave me a second chance at realising my potential." An audio snippet from this interview with Heather Anne:  Heather Anne, could you start by giving us a sense of a typical day for you? A typical day for me since recent illness forced me to slow down a bit would be getting up rather … Continue reading Heather Anne Bloom, Brunswick

Glenn Loughrey, Glen Iris

“A typical day as a priest or a typical day as an indigenous priest? Or a typical day as a person who is finding their identity within both priestly vocation and the fact that they're indigenous as well? It's a big set of questions.” An audio clip from this interview with Glenn: Perhaps you could … Continue reading Glenn Loughrey, Glen Iris

Jonathan Lopez, Spotswood

"My wife would often say that I'm a bit of a paradox being an Anglican minister, and also a boxing coach. So often I get that; people are surprised by the boxing aspect, and how that works with the ministry.” An audio clip from this interview with Jonathan Lopez: So what's a typical day like … Continue reading Jonathan Lopez, Spotswood

Wally Ibrahim, Campbellfield

"We have this saying. If you ask, ‘Do you know that guy?’ and someone says, ‘Yes’, then ask, ‘Did you try him?’, and if they say ‘No’, then say, ‘You don’t know him’. This is a way of saying you cannot judge people for their look or through their religion or through their background. You … Continue reading Wally Ibrahim, Campbellfield