Category Archives: Social Justice

Father Dave and Pastor Jarrod on Manus Island

The following press release is courtesy of GetUp! Religious leaders secretly travel to Manus Island Detention Camp, condemn Australian government inaction MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday, November 23 2017 Australian Christian leaders Pastor Jarrod McKenna and Anglican Parish Priest Father Dave Smith … Continue reading

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The 2017 Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran

Hurstville City Council Civic Theatre, February 11th, 2017 It is a privilege to be with you once again to commemorate this, the 38th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and I appreciate that we meet at a time of … Continue reading

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Talking about Mordechai Vanunu on the set of Hamghesse

In August 2016 I had the privilege to travelling to Iran to be featured in an episode of ‘Hamghesse’ (which means ‘stories’ in Farsi). You can read my reflections on the trip as a whole in my blog (here). What … Continue reading

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Father Dave’s Al Quds Day speech, July 2nd 2016

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016: It was again my privilege to be invited to speak at an Al Quds Day event, this time in the grounds of the Kingsgrove Mosque. I was surprised to receive applause about half-way through my brief address … Continue reading

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Sheikh Nimr is greatly missed – Khamenei.ir interviews Father Dave

It has been my privilege to appear a number of times now in Iranian publications. Not many Australian priests can make this boast, and the reason I am selected so regularly as an Australian Christian voice is quite simple – nobody else … Continue reading

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Boxing Priest’s fight for peace in Syria – SBS World News

It was great to get some coverage for our Boxers for Peace program. Most media outlets have refused to touch us because we don’t echo the official narrative – vilifying the Syrian government and dividing the rebels between violent jihadists and s0-called ‘moderates’. … Continue reading

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Why take a team of boxers to Syria?

The Imam Husain Islamic Centre in Earlwood invited me to speak to their community about my up-coming mission to Syria on February 28th, 2015. It was a great night. We screened our ‘Boxers for Peace’ video, after which I offered the brief remarks reprinted … Continue reading

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Father Dave’s STOP THE WAR video appeal

We may be at the beginning of a third world war. Certainly the violence is now escalating in northern Iraq and Syria, and Australian troops have been deployed (under the leadership of the United States). Back home we are seeing … Continue reading

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Dreaming of a world without weapons – Mairead Maguire in Sarajevo

What follows is the speech given by my friend and mentor, Mairead Maguire, on June 6th 2014 in Sarajevo, at a peace event marking the one hundredth anniversary of the assassination of  Archduke Ferdinand of Austria – the event that triggered … Continue reading

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