This is the story of St Brigid’s church and hall, which sits atop a hill in Crossley, south-west Victoria, among rolling green fertile volcanic fields. It was built and paid for by the children of survivors of the Irish famine. It was put up for sale by the Catholic Church in 2009 and became the heart of a struggle that went all the way to Rome.
Saving St Brigid’s is the truly unique story of a small Australian rural community, who in the spirit of their Irish rebel ancestors, stood up for what they believed in.
‘Saving St Brigid’s asks us to deeply consider the importance of the spirit of the place’, wrote Shane Howard in his foreword for Regina’s memoir.
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This is one of those books that comes along once in the blue moon. And it blows your socks off.
No summary can do it justice.
A cliff-hanger, a race against time to save a church…an exciting and pacey read.
Written with considerable skill…an entirely gripping read.
By Tony Mordini, Regina Lane and Emma Halgren
Thinking Ethically is a teaching resource that provides a framework for discussing challenging topics in a classroom environment. It covers a variety of themes that relate to ethical dilemmas in today’s society and provides students with the tools they need to explore these issues and make informed decisions.
The unique format of this resource promotes engagement in dialogue or debate. The student card set comes in a pack of 120 cards – there are 20 topics, six cards of each, making them ideal for small group work.
Cross-curricular priorities such as sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures have been highlighted.
Never content to settle for simple solutions, Regina was committed to a resource that would stretch students and teachers to think critically about the world around them. Her energy and passion was infectious. This meant tackling some heavy topics, and managing lots of complex material. Regina came up with a clear framework to guide our work and ensure it was clear and accessible, but never ‘dumbed down’. Regina thought deeply about the topics, and stretched and challenged her co-authors too. I believe we wrote a stronger and richer resource as a result of Regina’s gutsy approach.
Regina is a great writer, with an authentic voice and distinctive style, but she is more than this. She empowers other people to be great writers, to find their own voice, and to organise and articulate their ideas – and she does this in a way that is warm, encouraging and collaborative.