My ancestors hail from Cornwall, but I live on Wurundjeri land, west of the Merri Creek (now known as Coburg, in Melbourne, Australia). I want to live the kind of life for which the only rational explanation is, “because Jesus Christ was raised from the dead.” This has seen me play frisbee with soldiers on a military base during war games, plant trees in a Kabul schoolyard and an Australian military base, and hit the emergency stop button on equipment at the secretive Swan Island military base. In 2011 I was part of a delegation of international peacemakers who travelled to Afghanistan. I am a nonviolence trainer who has run training for groups as diverse as World Vision, Occupy Melbourne, and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. I’m a Brother of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery, and an elder at GraceTree, a small Baptist community in the inner north of Melbourne trying to find ways to live simply, lovingly and joyfully together. I’m married to Julie and Dad to four amazing kids.
I enjoy the opportunity to speak to groups, preach, and lead workshops and weekend retreats in peace and nonviolence, as well as Christian discipleship. If you would like to contact me, email smoyle[at]gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you.
Some links to Simon’s published material:
Fostering a Dangerous Climate of Addiction: Fairfax Media, Feb 7, 2009.
How About Using Kev’s Manna to Stimulate Some Generosity?: Fairfax Media, April 7, 2009
If Jesus Had a Gun, Who Would He Shoot?: Fairfax Media, Jan 30 2010
Switching Off the War: New Matilda, April 8 2010
Making Poverty Personal: Eureka Street, May 2010
The ‘Sacrifice Trap’ of War: Sojourners ‘God’s Politics’ Blog July 30 2010
Face to face with Afghanistan and a war we cannot win: ABC The Drum Unleashed, March 31st, 2011.
Breaking the Mirror of Violence: ABC Religion and Ethics, April 21, 2011
Love is how we ask for peace: Finding Jesus in Afghanistan, Target Magazine, Issue 3, 2011.
Sunday Nights With John Cleary: Podcast of interview with ABC Radio’s John Cleary, June 27 2010. Topic: Peace activism, civil disobedience.
Sunday Nights With John Cleary: Podcast of interview with ABC Radio’s John Cleary, March 18, 2012. Topic: GraceTree, Urban Seed, Occupy Melbourne, and more.
Sunday Nights With John Cleary: Podcast of discussion with ABC Radio’s John Cleary, June 2, 2013. Topic: Of What Earthly Use is the Church?.
Sunday Nights With John Cleary: Postcast of discussion with ABC Radio’s John Cleary, August 10, 2014. Topic: War, what is it good for?
Sacred Fools: Nonviolent Peace Activists: Encounter, ABC Radio National, March 6 2011.
Pastor and Peace Activist: 89.9 Light FM Melbourne, interview with Clayton Bjelan.