Stirring the Possum

The second half of my term as moderator has begun and I have just returned from chairing a two-day meeting of the newly elected Synod Standing Committee empowered to ‘act’ on behalf of the Synod over the next 18 months.

Thus far, many of the words I’ve had to say have been about prayer. Now I believe it’s time to ...

United in truth

Over a warm spring weekend in Sydney, Uniting Church women from throughout Australia gathered to share their expereinces and be part of a bold new story.

The first UCA women’s conference in at least two decades went off without a hitch. When women were asked to come forward during the culminating session of the weekend, each raved about their experience.

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Conference unites women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In September, 500 women from all around Australia gathered for a weekend in Sydney to “Share the Deeper Story” at the UnitingWomen conference.

Reflecting the beautiful diversity of our Church, delegates included women of all ages, many cultural backgrounds and of enormously ...

Love and Power

Every day there is a horrifying roll call of destruction and threat in the news. We risk being backed into a defensive corner by loud shouts of ‘Danger!’, or overwhelmed and numbed by images of suffering.

It is true the world is not safe, but perhaps the biggest threat is that we let the narrative of insecurity erode our ...

Welcome the welcomer

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of ...

Journey to Jerusalem

Earlier this year, four Jews, four Christians and four Muslims journeyed to Jerusalem to study difficult texts in each of the traditions. The group aimed to experience worship through each other’s eyes and, more importantly, to be physical bodies of peace. A Catholic priest, a rabbi and a sheikh were our leaders and the sparks behind this venture, which was ...

Learning Theology from Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton is a leading British intellectual. Still going at the age of 71, he is now Professor of Literature at Lancaster University. Unless they were already students of his writings on Marxism, Cultural Theory or Literature, Christians got interested in his work through his famous 2006 review of Richard Dawkins’ (pictured) The God Delusion.

The review gained fame for ...

Watchfulness

Earlier on in my term as Moderator, I was given a book by a retired Uniting Church minister entitled, ‘Violence and Christian Spirituality – An Ecumenical Conversation’, edited by Emmanuel Clapsis [A World Council of Churches Publication].

Whilst I believe it was given to me for a different purpose, I have found myself turning to it again in recent times, ...

Certitude

From time to time there are some who write letters to the editor of Crosslight with a measure of certainty about what they have to say. Indeed that can also be the case with the spoken word at meetings and councils of the church. I often come away from a meeting chastising myself for my spoken contribution.

Each of ...

Postcolonial theology and the Christ

What is Postcolonial Theology (PCT)? Why does the Church need to consider it? How does colonialism affect our readings of the Bible? These are questions we face, since in our postcolonial world, many colonial attitudes still survive within our Church. In this context, colonialism is a view in which one culture claims superiority and perhaps dominance over another. The Assyrians, ...

My cup… it overflows

Symbols can be very powerful. I have come to realise over the years how often food is used as a symbol of generous hospitality within the church and beyond.

Food is a huge part of daily life and how we meet together as families and friends. And it’s everywhere. There’s Masterchef, My Kitchen Rules and Poh’s Kitchen … and then ...

Time to go inside

From time to time, cartoonist and poet, Michael Leunig gives thanks for the blessing of winter, where life slips through our fingers, darkness gathers and our hands grow cold. Time to go inside he says. “Time for reflection and resonance and contemplation – a season to cherish, to make warmth and quiet”.

It takes me many months of weekends ...