About

Welcome to parallax. I’m Paul, to many I am Rev. Paul. I am an ordained priest working in the Anglican Diocese of Bunbury, Western Australia. I live in the community of Carey Park a suburb of Bunbury.

I am married to Lyn (36yrs), and we have two wonderful boys in Jon and Hayden, and Jon has brought the lovely Anna into our lives, while Hayden has brought the lovely Bobby-Jo into our lives.

My past formal studies include Biblical and cultural anthropological studies at WABC, comparative religion and philosophy at Deakin University, and theology at Murdoch University. I also have a dip. in Spiritual Direction (Dayspring) and a cert. in Professional Supervision (SupervisionWA). I have recently completed a Vet Quailification at TAFE – the TAE4011. I have completed a Grad. Dip. in Spiritual Direction at Dayspring.

My interests are broad and I have a number of hobbies. But here at Parallax I am focussing on theology, philosophy, spirituality and how these engage the world. My title Parallax is an admission that there are different views from where we stand.

Some (where do I begin and where to end?) of my major influences include, Thomas Aqinas, Meister Eckhart, John of the Cross, Hegel, Marx, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, J.A.T. Robinson, John Main, William Stringfellow, Sallie McFague, Slavoj Zizek, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Michel Foucault, John Milbank, George Monbiot, Parker Palmer.

I am particularly interested in how silence and contemplation enable compassion and engagement. Other interests are social justice, inter-faith dialogue, environmentalism, and community development, all, of course, intertwined.

Of late I have returned to writing poetry.

62 responses to “About

  1. Hi Paul,
    Thank you for subscribing to Tarella Spirituality and for the mentions on Parallax. For once I didn’t feel like I was throwing words into cyber space
    where they were lost forever. But you probably are familiar with that feeling.

    No Thomas Merton on your major influences? That surprised me. I would have thought you had a lot in common.

    A lot of my current reading is feminist theology as I endeavour to understand the path of my spirituality – making sense of the choices I have made over the years as i prepare to write about it. .
    A book I have found valuable in reflecting on the Australian landscape is The Solace of Fierce Landscapes : Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality by Belden Lane.

    Paul, I’m delighted to make your acquaintance and thank you for the opportunity.
    Blessings to you and yours,

    Judith Lynch

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    • Hi Judith, sorry this took so long, but I was in a frenetic work phase. I have read Merton but haven’t adjusted my reading list. I have just finished reading Lane’s latest book – and as you may well be aware he’s coming to Australia this year. I haven’t read the one you mention, but will look it up as I am doing a Grad Dip in Spiritual Direction and my project is spirituality and the bush.

      glad to make your acquaintance too,

      blessings,
      paul

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  2. You are not in Bridgetown anymore 🙂

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  3. dmf

    thanks for your interest in syn-zero, afraid we tend towards the atheist/materialist end of the spectrum but perhaps we can be a bit of via negativa for you, have you checked out the work of John Caputo?

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  4. Great information. Blessed me I reach on your website
    by accident, I bookmarked it.

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  6. Pleased to meet you.

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  7. Pat

    Reverend Paul…thank you for following my blog, Life is ON. I look forward to rambling around yours. It’s so handsomely set up and the content is intriguing. Looking forward to getting to know you and your site better. Again, gratitude for the follow.

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  8. Very interesting Bio. You might enjoy Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline, if you have not already read it. It is one of my all time favorites.
    Good to connect with you.
    Dwight

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  9. thanks for visiting my blog – am much enjoying your site 🙂

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  10. Very interesting bio information. and I enjoy your blog posts! I am interested in feminist theology, and noticed Sallie McFague on your list. (Yay!) Have you read Karen L. King’s The Gospel of Mary of Magdala? You might be interested…
    Julie

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  11. Hi Rev. Paul,
    Thanks for visiting and the follow. Your posts share great thoughts and they are soothing to the heart. Lovely words straight from the heart!! Glad to know you! 😊

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  12. interesting, you’re welcome:

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  13. Thank you so much for the follow.Started going through your blog articles.Thank you once again.

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  14. Goodness, Paul! We have some similarities in our backgrounds.

    I majored in philosophy with a double minor in anthropology and comparative religious studies. Bit different focuses though. I was more concerned with the Asian religious traditions. But we seem to share an interest in mysticism.

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  19. May the year ahead grant you all that you wish for and more here’s to a healthy and wonderful year ahead. May the good lord bless you and yours always. Happy Birthday 🙏💕

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  20. Hi Paul,
    It is lovely to meet you. You have a fascinating background! I am inspired by your list of people who have influenced you, and also by your focus on how silence and contemplation enable compassion and engagement. I’d love to hear more about that!

    Sending you blessings. Thank you for following my blog, I’ll follow yours as well. ~Debbie

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    • Thank you very much Debbie, I followed yours as I was so interested in the content and found a really engaging blog and yes, also a very interesting person. So I too looking forward to hearing more. Thank you.

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  22. Good day. Just wanted to let you know that I like your blog.
    Would you like to share your story on “What You Blog About”
    what motivated you to start this blog ?

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  23. Another friend from Australia 🙂
    Glad to meet up at What Do You See? Willow Poetry.
    I’m from the lovely state of Pennsylvania in the US.

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    • Glad to have a friend from Pennsylvania, at the moment we’re in summer I take you are in winter? I’m enjoying Hélène’s prompts.

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      • I’m not sure when they started naming snow storms… but I’m smack in the middle of Jayden now. Last year was wet. This winter is below average cold… yep, winter 🙂

        I had met Hélène a while back (several years ago), but we lost touch when the writing community we belonged to folded. I just found her again toward the end of last year 🙂
        I’ve got a few favorite prompt sites. I see new ones popping up. But there is only so much time in a day, which is why sometimes I smash prompts. My latest for Hélène also includes two others. It fun when the prompts co-operate 😉

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  24. No contact page or email, My Friend! This reminded me of something I wrote I was hoping to share!!!!

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  25. Paul, thank you for your concern re “Ennle”…although “dire” sounds melodramatic, when things feel profoundly unsettled/unstable in our lives, they’re ‘dire’ to us, I suspect you’d agree. I needed to make an abrupt blog change, and am not following all the same people as before–you made the ‘cut’ 🙂 So I’ll now be posting as Leyda Bien–and will catch up with your posts soon. If you wouldn’t mind, please delete this comment after reading…lest I be discovered. Yes, cloak and dagger…an intrigante, I remain 🙂 Thank you, blessings to you and family. Leyda

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  26. Social justice is a programme in its own right… 🙂

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  27. Hi Paul,

    I have information that might (or might not) be of extraordinary interest to you. Perhaps you would be willing to email me at paul_sunstone @ q , com

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  28. Paul, I’m so glad that I found your blog. Your poetry is beautiful! Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to seeing more of your work! ❤

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  29. Hi, I came across your blog. Great work! Interesting content and nice pictures. I enjoy to read blogs from people around the world and different places. I am a food blogger from Canada, and I invite you to visit/follow my blog at: https://zest4foodblog.wordpress.com Cheers, Angelika

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