Monthly Archives: April 2018

Reframing the Good Shepherd

The image of a gentle eyed Jesus softly cradling a lamb is, without doubt, a comforting one. But eventually we come face-to-face with the reality that the world is wild and unruly, that there are questions without answers, that there are thieves and bandits in the world bent on destruction.

Making a new world

Perhaps the example of the selflessness of the early church speaks to us afresh today – not to replicate the actions of caring and compassion for their own sake as a kind of blueprint of Christian community, but to open ourselves afresh to the God we know through Jesus, and to God’s living Spirit, so in turn we may become ‘self-forgetful’ and to give ourselves selflessly to others following the example of Jesus, so we can ‘make of this old world a new world’ (Martin Luther King Jr)

A meal for the homeless

On the day of his funeral, Prof Stephen Hawking’s family donated a meal for 50 homeless people. A beautiful gesture and an act of generosity. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, a special Easter meal for homeless and disadvantaged people happened, hosted by Pilgrim Uniting Church, and coordinated by Angels for the Homeless (Adelaide). Congratulations to the team of volunteers who made it all happen!

2018 Easter message from the Uniting Church President

The love of Christ means we put the needs of others ahead of our own and seek to come together to find a new way forward, a way of peace and reconciliation. This Easter, Christ’s love compels me to pray, and continue to work for reconciliation; in families, in communities, in our nation and between nations. (Stuart McMillan, President, Uniting Church in Australia)

Reflections on April Fools’ Day and Easter Sunday

A good joke in the functional sense depends on our ability to see the difference between the world as it is and as it could be. A good joke in the moral sense depends on our ability to see the difference between is and should. A good joke can light up the dark between the two, can help us see one from the other. A good joke helps us see the distance between who we are and who we should be. Who but Jesus ever saw so clearly the distance between is and should? Who else had the imagination to grasp fully the gulf between heaven and earth?