Messages of Hope


Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/show_news.php on line 16

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/show_news.php on line 36

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/pilgrimorg/public_html/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 23

Believe whatever you want

Believe whatever you want - in science, in proof, in reason.
In the power of story and the possibility of miracle.
These are precious gifts.
Believe whatever you want.
But also trust.
Trust what can be known more deeply: you are loved; you are released.

posted 04 Apr 2016 by Jana

Read more ...    



Blessed are the merciful

"It’s the cross that calls me to this vigil, to stand for mercy in the name of God who is merciful" (Rev Prof Andrew Dutney)

posted 20 Feb 2015 by Sandy

Read more ...    



A place of belonging in community

In the biblical world, as in our contemporary world, illness and disability bore a heavy social cost: not only would a person be unable to earn a living but their ability to take their proper role in the community would be taken from them.

posted 06 Feb 2015 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Spiritual Alzheimers?

We know how to go about the 'business of being church', and it is so well honed, that God doesn’t even need to show up.

posted 22 Jan 2015 by Sandy

Read more ...    



#Je Suis Charlie

To kill in the name of the God of Islam, or Christianity or Judaism for that matter, is to betray the revelation of the prophets that God takes the side of the victims of our violence, no matter how good, noble, or sacred we believe it to be. The God revealed by religion, amid the violent world of the sacred, calls us to be merciful (Islam), to welcome the stranger and the outcast (Judaism), and to love our enemies (Christianity).

posted 09 Jan 2015 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Five Questions for Crossing the Threshold

The annual ritual of New Year celebrations allows us to imagine that maybe, just maybe, we're on the threshold of something new and better — and some of our imaginings might come true, depending on what we do.

posted 31 Dec 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Smuggling God into the world

What keeps the wild hope of Christmas alive year after year in a world notorious for dashing all hopes is the haunting dream that the child who was born that day may yet be born again even in us.

posted 25 Dec 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



I beg to differ

Someone once said, ”A candle is a protest at midnight. It is a non-conformist. It says to the darkness, 'I beg to differ.’"

posted 21 Dec 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Feeling our way Forward

It’s been a week of utter quiet following the news from the television. What can we do but feel our way through?

posted 10 Dec 2014 by Jana

Read more ...    



An Informed Hope

What are the circumstances that keep us awake to the something more that pulses throughout all things, that persists despite our best damning efforts to quell it? We each have our own eternal springs from which to drink: nature, music, prayer, art, family

posted 30 Nov 2014 by Jana

Read more ...    



Australians expected to spend more than $30 billion for Christmas

“I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest, to make money they don't want, to buy things they don't need, to impress people they don't like.” (Elile Gauvreau)

posted 24 Nov 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Waiting for what?

God is a God on the move. God is a dynamic God, never static, never stale, but always stirring, always opening reality up to God’s unfolding promises and possibilities.

posted 08 Nov 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Celebrating All Souls' Day

May our lives blossom as the apple tree in Spring
May we become fruitful in thought and deed
And may the seed of love that falls to the ground
Linger beyond our time on this earth.

posted 08 Nov 2014 by Jana

Read more ...    



Part of Life

we are but part of life...but we are part of life. At one and the same instant, the little bud (on a tree in spring, or flower in a crack in the footpath) we notice that makes us smile reveals both things we most need to know: something larger and more eternal encompasses us and all that is; and we are an integral, necessary part of this something larger and more eternal. It is at one and the same time diminishingly humbling and graciously affirming.

posted 02 Oct 2014 by Jana

Read more ...    



Living Stones

1950s Australia has passed away and been replaced by the multicultural, multi-faith, hyper-capitalist, globalised, digital civilisation that is dominant in Australia today. It shouldn’t surprise me, then, that the churches that grew up within that former Australian civilisation have also passed away. (UCA President, Andrew Dutney)

posted 21 Sep 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Love and Reconciliation

We need lots of safe spaces where people can talk across lines of division. We need to learn that, in the long run, it’s more important to be in “right relationship” than to be right (Parker J. Palmer)

posted 09 Sep 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



#Love Makes A Way

Christians are called to follow the example of Jesus and my faith seeks expression in the way I demonstrate compassion and care, build peace and seek justice, and contribute to the common welfare.

posted 02 Sep 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Learning to practice love in the world

The New Testament’s mostly about love, because the Gospel is mostly about the reconciliation in Christ of all who have been strangers and enemies to God and each other.

posted 27 Aug 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



"you are a credit to your faith, and an inspiration."

13 Aug 2014 Key South Australian religious leaders were commended by the Presiding Magistrate this morning after attending Mount Barker Magistrates' Court to face criminal charges of trespass.

posted 13 Aug 2014 by Peter

Read more ...    



Another way of being, another way of knowing

The "kingdom of heaven" is the capacity, the innate potential for growth, development and accomplishment, that results in:
everyone having enough
a perfect harmony amongst all living things - animals in the shade, birds in the branches, everybody fed
...abundant life

posted 31 Jul 2014 by Jana

Read more ...    



Every bit, seeded.

What if the world really is strewn - indiscriminately - with good seed?
What if my life, with all its various and changing landscapes from rocky to thorny to pathless to rich and loamy, is riddled with good seed?
Across it all.
The worst bits and the best bits.
Every bit, seeded.
Every bit hosting the potential for life.

posted 18 Jul 2014 by Jana

Read more ...    



In the beginning was the dance.....

‘Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music’.

posted 02 Jul 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



'Mount Barker 9'

"Each week we stand in the pulpit and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. We feel our words are empty if we do not then live out what we preach".

posted 26 Jun 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



What if breathing is sacramental?

Con-spiracy (breathing together) for and with invites awareness of the absoluteness of the common ground forged by breath. All living things breathe. My air is your air is my air is our air.

posted 18 Jun 2014 by Jana

Read more ...    



Reconciliation Sunday

A day when we ponder a clash of worlds and, depending on whether you are of the First Peoples or the Second, we reflect upon hurts felt or inflicted, promises made and broken, things given and things taken, and what it means to go and walk a covenanting journey.

posted 01 Jun 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Just one calling: to love one another

God has commanded us to do just one thing: to love one another. In doing that we become a sign to Australia of what God has done in Christ for the whole nation and the whole world.

posted 26 May 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



the Way, the Truth, the Life

. . . you want to know the way? – the way is the way of service. The way is the way of truth - of integrity between our inner and outer lives and the Wisdom of what is - the way is the way of love. It then becomes obvious that only those who live this way, this truth, this life, will know God.

posted 18 May 2014 by Geoff

Read more ...    



Anchoring our deepest hopes in community

Acts 2 anchors humanity's deepest hopes for community, justice, generosity, and meaning specifically as a result of people drawn together by the crucified and risen Christ.

posted 11 May 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Australia must not enable bigots and racists

The Uniting Church in Australia has called on the Abbott Government to drop its proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

posted 01 May 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Go. Out. There.

The call is to
go
out
there.
To be exposed, in order that we might be expanded into life, limitless life.

posted 22 Apr 2014 by Jana

Read more ...    



Trust in our Insights

What can matter to us, I think, is the encouragement this story gives us to trust our insights. What if our insight, our ability to see true causes of effects we experience in our world, is a gift of grace from God.

posted 04 Apr 2014 by Jana

Read more ...    



Called to Recognise

We are morally obliged to recognise:
- to recognise ourselves in the other
- to recognise unity amongst human beings as more essential than differences
- to recognise that our fates are bound up all together…

posted 23 Mar 2014 by Jana

Read more ...    



Resilience is the thing

Just the living is the adventure, the expedition across unknown fields of both beauty and hidden perils. (or: what do Douglas Mawson and the Transfiguration of Christ have in common...and have to do with us?)

posted 04 Mar 2014 by Jana

Read more ...    



Changing the way we see

Transfiguration is not usually about seeing something change, but about a change in our way of seeing.

posted 02 Mar 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Churches - corporations or ecosystems?

When churches think of themselves as part of a “city,” they are likely to think in terms of networks and partnerships. They thus develop mindsets of improvisation, communal excellence and sustainability.

posted 25 Feb 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Reordering our values

Western culture often trains us to look in the wrong places for definitions of success and for evidence of the good life. When that happens, we risk misunderstanding where God's true priorities lie.

posted 29 Jan 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Taking stock......

The past week has been a difficult one for those affected by bushfires in our South Australian communities.

posted 23 Jan 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



May peace prevail in South Sudan

......that the doors will open into new ways of communication between Dinka and Nuer people, that they remember their first relationship as one family who are always in need of one another.

posted 16 Jan 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



Journey into this new year

The notion of the ‘spiritual journey’ is universal, with transformation at the heart of all the great spiritual paths.

posted 05 Jan 2014 by Sandy

Read more ...    



<< Latest Message       Previous Messages >>       See Archived Messages >>