Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Hope We Have

Loving your neighbour is really ‘the art of neighbouring’, knowing someone’s name, humanising and seeing people in what can be a dehumanising world. (Karina Kreminski)

Justice as a deeply spiritual practice

Jesus wasn’t just preaching a universal salvation message for the world, but he was also addressing specific political, social, and racial issues. He was helping those who were being abused, violated, and oppressed.
 He intentionally, purposefully, and passionately addressed very specific causes. He radically addressed the diverse and complicated conflicts of the time and shattered the status quo. (Source: Stephen Mattson,SojoNet)

Hospitality and Grace – God’s antidote to the dark side

At the centre of all religions is the idea of karma: what you put out comes back to you – an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics – in spiritual laws – every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. And yet, along comes this idea of Grace to upend all that “as you sow, so you will reap” stuff. It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. (Bono, U2)

Walking on water

. . . . in the end faith isn’t measured by God doing what we ask. Faith is measured by us doing what God asks, confronting our fears and walking with Jesus, wherever he may lead, maybe even on water!

Kindling hope in a time of escalating tension

August 6th 2017 is the 72nd anniversary of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima. “As the daily news currently reminds us, those who seek power and security through nuclear weapons are endangering our whole world to this day” (World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit).