Dave Andrews is an Australian Christian anarchist author, speaker, social activist, and community worker who, along with his wife, Ange, and their family have lived and worked in intentional communities with marginalized groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India for over forty years. Along with friends, Dave and Ange started Aashiana, Sahara, and Sharan--three Christian community organizations working with slum dwellers, sex workers, and people with HIV/AIDS in India. He is also a part of Waiters Union, an inner-city Christian community network working with Indigenous Australians, refugees and people with disabilities in Australia. Dave is also an Elder for Servants to Asia's Urban Poor, an educator for TEAR Australia, a Christian international aid and development agency, and a lecturer at the University of Queensland and Christian Heritage College.
"'Community is the deep soul of society; providing identity, well-being and cohesion to all relationships - yet across the world we see it unraveling before our eyes. In this truly empowering book Dave Andrews grasps the issues. Skillfully explaining the reasons andconsequences of its demise, insightfully pointing us to very practical ways in which its fabric can begin to be rewoven. Many volunteers are active in community work, yet increasingly 'professionalisation' and 'bureaucracy' claim the recognition and resources, while failing to meet people's real needs. Dave exposes all this, but more importantly offers strategies for change and alternatives for action that are actually being exampled 'Down Under'. This book is engaging and readable, inspiring and practical; here is wisdom from years of experience. It is filled with challenging and moving stories. At times it will make you angry, more importantly it will fill you with hope."--Noel Moules, Author, Fingerprints of Fire, Footprints of Peace."'In Down Under, Andrews gathers some great ideas and weaves them together with his own experiments in re-weaving the threads of community. Andrews understands the dynamics of power, personal, relational and systemic, and gives practical wisdom on working in and around the politics of community organising. Whoever you are, this book matters to you, because it helps you see community life as a part of who and what we are. Whenever I read books by Dave Andrews what challenges me most is how do-able his ideas are. I can't escape the fact I am response-able to the radical messages he brings."--Keith Hebden, Editor, A Pinch Of Salt.