Blogs

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Let them Stay – a Lenten Reflection

Luke 13:31-35: At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 

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Easter Hope when all seems lost

As a Uniting Church minister in a parish, Easter was always the season that affected and absorbed me like no other.

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Offering Sanctuary – #LetThemStay

This is the speech I delivered at the Let Them Stay Rally organised by GetUp! at Sydney Town Hall on Monday 8 February.

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Memory and Hope

Kennon Callahan said, “Memory is strong but hope is stronger.” These words captured my attention years ago and still do.

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Have A Little Faith

This is the title of a recent book by Mitch Albom. He was a sports writer who has become a very successful author.

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Experiencing grace in Brisbane

During our Multicultural and Cross Cultural National Reference Committee meeting in Brisbane we experienced a taste of ‘intercultural grace’ when we visited Kenani Community Church in Banyo and Sunnybank Uniting Church.

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Fiji: The Recovery Begins after TC Winston

On 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston hit the islands of Fiji with Category Five winds gusting up to 320km/h.

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Steps Forward in Perth

I’ve recently returned from a fruitful week in Perth assisting the WA Synod with a Cross Cultural workshop and conference which together involved more than 50 people learning how to work together as a multicultural church.

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Learning hospitality from Lebanese Christians

I gained new insight into the value of hospitality from Rev Dr Paul Haidostian, President of Haigazian University in Lebanon, during his visit to Australia for the 50th anniversary of the Armenian Evangelical Uniting Church in Sydney.

In his lecture, Christians in the Middle East: Between Effective Presence and Marginal Survival on 4 May, Dr Paul spoke about the experiences of Lebanese Christians.

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Just War, Just Peace

On 24 April I had the opportunity to speak on Radio National as one of a panel of three on John Cleary’s Sunday night program. It was the day before ANZAC day. The Catholic Church had recently held a significant conference in Rome calling for a move away from their traditional “Just War” approach to a Gospel non-violent emphasis. So a Catholic, a Quaker and I shared our thoughts on war, non-violence and peace.

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