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Abba Poemen said that passions work in stages; he said that, if you can purify your heart, passion will not come into your expression; but if it comes into your face, take care not to speak; but if you do speak, cut the conversation short …

The vast majority of us are not saying anything, or are certainly not putting ...

The delight is in the detail

Communities of faith come in many shapes and sizes and I have been fortunate enough to be gathered into two new ones this year. On the fourth Sunday of the month I leave my house and home church in Brighton Beach, reverse out the driveway to the dulcet tones of drums and guitars thumping through the church wall, and head ...

‘Conceal reveal’ exhibition

By Paul Williams

“Or does the land dance the dancer?”  This was a question put to me by artful faith coordinator Christina Rowntree, in discussion of one of the exhibits in the ‘conceal reveal’ exhibition recently held at CTM. The question provokes a realm of possibilities about how nature leads us, leads me, to insight and creative expression, by speaking ...

Grief, love, endurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just outside the city of Salisbury are the ruins of a town called Old Sarum, which had a cathedral and bishop’s house as two of its key buildings. It was an enclosed city built on a hill that eventually ran out of ...

Time

Given that I’m in the habit of getting up before 5 am most weekdays, it won’t surprise you to learn that I’m not a big fan of daylight saving.

When told the reason for daylight saving time, an old native American Indian said:
‘Only a white man would believe that you could
cut a foot ...

Why is Christianity evolving?

In Uniting, Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Churches of Christ and Lutheran churches in Australia there are growing numbers of discussion groups, sometimes known simply as ‘The Book Group’. One has a membership of 30 in a congregation of 70.
Books studied differ in approach to their subjects, but many offer a critique of the basis of Christianity. Some set out ...

Seeking safety and freedom…

In the final section of the Mahabharata, the epic whose centrepiece is the Great War between the forces of good and evil, the virtuous Pandava prince, Yudhisthira, is tested on his way to heaven.

Having renounced earthly life, he sets out for the Himalayas (where the gods of the Hindu universe resided) with his four brothers and their common wife ...

Song of truth

In my short life as a moderator, it’s happened to me twice now. I read the position description very carefully, as well as all the regulations – and there was no mention of dancing. There were lots of things to be fearful of, not least of them dealing with the media. But who would have thought that dancing would appear ...

A mother’s instinct

When my baby was a few months old, I vividly recall standing in a queue at Target waiting to pay for my shopping. The girl on the register was ill-equipped for her position and everything she did was at a snail’s pace. Normally I am a patient and gracious person.  Normally it would not have bothered me greatly.

Today, however, ...

Discipleship – a call into suffering?

The Uniting Church Studies Program is offered annually by the Centre for Theology and Ministry as an intensive program. It explores the history, theology, polity and priorities of the Uniting Church. Each year, the program generates a great deal of energy among the students; this year was no exception. In fact, this article is prompted by the energy ...

Journaling in Palestine

By Tony and Jenny Duncan

In the week before Palm Sunday this year, Rev Tony Duncan and his wife Jenny travelled to Palestine. They chose specifically to stay in the West Bank, at the Lutheran Guesthouse in Bethlehem, and were interested to see how the Palestinian people were coping behind the 700 kilometre separation barrier with Israel. The ...

Train of thought

As many already know, walking and public transport are my thing.

I guess I’ve been regularly catching public transport since I was about five years old. At primary school, it was the ‘green’ bus. Secondary school was the ‘yellow’ bus and occasionally a tram. Many, many, times I have achieved nothing short of heroic bus and tram catches ...