It all began with a sausage sizzle

Last year the 13th Assembly of the Uniting church resolved to: ‘call the members of the Uniting Church to a week of prayer and fasting for justice for Indigenous Australians, culminating in a… Continue reading

What will the church be like when they get to lead it?

I spent most of last week in Sydney at the National Young Adult Leaders Conference. The delegates were a really impressive group of people – passionate about the church and mission, engaged in… Continue reading

Salvation Comes Like an Unwanted Pregnancy – A Sermon for Christmastide (December 25 – January 5)

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God.” (Luke 1:26-38) Luke’s story of the birth of Jesus begins with the strange encounter between the girl Mary and an angel… Continue reading

A Christmas message

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who came “that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10.10). The 13th Assembly of the Uniting Church, held in July this year,… Continue reading

The fear of others has corrupted the Australian soul

Amnesty International has confirmed that conditions for asylum seekers that Australia has sent to Nauru are wretched. There is poor sanitation, inadequate accommodation, overcrowding, and the mental and physical health of detainees is deteriorating.… Continue reading

We are made to be at peace

At the first gathering of the UCA’s Sudanese National Conference, held recently in South Australia, a young man told his story. Among the heart rending details of his flight from civil war was… Continue reading

Being the body of Christ in North Queensland

One thing that really stood out on my visit to the Presbytery of North Queensland was the “easy ecumenism” of the region. My comments have been pubished in the current issue of Journey.… Continue reading

Is church union relevant any more?

It’s no secret that I’m an enthusiast for the Uniting Church’s Basis of Union. But at least one sentence has always worried me: “The Uniting Church declares its desire to enter more deeply… Continue reading

Who’s the head of the church?

Friends from the Church of Scotland’s Assembly office told me a story over breakfast recently. It seems that some junior staffer from the City of Edinburgh Council phoned the Assembly office to find… Continue reading

The Houston report vs. welcoming the stranger

The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) is deeply disappointed at the recommendations of the Houston Panel on Asylum Seekers. And we are dismayed by the enthusiasm with which the Parliament has passed legislation which… Continue reading