A Space for Grace

Today we decommissioned the Chapel of Reconciliation with stories, prayer and worship. It was bittersweet. Excitement and optimism about a future that requires the complete renovation of this part of the campus. Good… Continue reading

A Christmas reflection from Arthur Jackson… 53 years on.

I’ve spent most of this week in the 1960s – not the fun bit, the perplexing bit that’s to do with the religious crisis of the 1960s. Whether you’re talking about the “long… Continue reading

Chinese Whispers

At a team building event in a big organisation the facilitator organised a game of “Chinese whispers”. I don’t know what the point was, but my friend Meili was even more confused. “What’s… Continue reading

Eight to ten years…

The Leadership Development Council met for the last time yesterday. A milestone. The decision to form the LDC was made by the SA Presbytery and Synod in November 2007, after a year of… Continue reading

Living Stones: The Uniting Church and Palestine

I’ve been in Melbourne today to join Rev Dr Olav Tveit, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, in launching the website Living Stones: The Uniting Church and Palestine.  If you follow… Continue reading

Spiritual/Theological Risk Management 

The Presbytery and Synod of SA has been working in the risk management policy.  They’ve already developed a good theological basis for risk management but they came to the view that they needed… Continue reading

Will there be angels in this wilderness?

This is my article in the current Australian Leadership. It has come to mind again as I think about Fathers’ Day. “It’s mad. It’s crazy. I just don’t get it.” This week I’ve had… Continue reading

The mission of the land

Much of the extended Dutney family and friends gathered recently to celebrate a significant birthday. Good times. But there was another milestone being celebrated too. The party was held at the family home… Continue reading

Unfinished business between the Congregational and Uniting churches

It was a joy to represent the UCA President, Stuart McMillan, in signing the covenant with the Congregational Federation of Australia (represented by Dr Joe Goodall): “To invite and welcome members of each… Continue reading

Australian Churches Remembering Palestinian Churches

This afternoon the 2016 Forum of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) resolved: That the Forum: 1. Receive the request from the Uniting Church to respond to its resolutions of July 2015… Continue reading