Messages of Hope
Disability landmark tarnished by deficit of justice
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia has responded to the 2013 Federal Budget by urging politicians and policymakers from all sides to do more for the most vulnerable people at home and abroad.
posted 18 May 2013 by Sandy
Recovering fresh images of God
Weaving these images of God through my life as a mother over quarter of a century, I begin to learn, little by little, that God loves me, and everybody, better than the best parent.
posted 13 May 2013 by Sandy
The colour purple
Perhaps the writer of the Book of Acts is setting up, through the power of imagery and the colour purple, a critique of the domination of the occupiers, and the message of the reign of God.
posted 06 May 2013 by Sandy
The fear of others has corrupted the Australian soul.
We need to work out why weíre afraid and then do something about it. Our soul depends on it.
posted 30 Apr 2013 by Sandy
Dorcas: a person of good deeds and mercy
'A women's sewing circle making clothes for women who they may never meet, and who come from a different cultural, social and religious background, but whose needs as human persons are the same'.
posted 22 Apr 2013 by Sandy
The tragedies continue
Psalm 23 offers words of critique that offer ways we might reframe the way we respond in times of terror and tragedy.
posted 19 Apr 2013 by Sandy
Peace as Close as Breath
The spirit of peace is as close as breath. I bet you know this to be true from your own experience. When panic rises, when fear takes over, when sadness, confusion or anger colours your whole world...if you have remembered to take a deep breath, you have experienced even for a moment the restoration of peace.
posted 09 Apr 2013 by Jana
Two little prepositions - and a world of difference!
Christís risen life with us, and within us, invites us to be those who continue Christís work, and to be co-workers in his vision for the human flourishing of all people.
posted 31 Mar 2013 by Sandy
It's Good Friday again.....
We are invited to strip back the layers that have accumulated around this story, to move from remembering the events at a distance to pondering deeply, to move from reflecting on the surface to deep contemplation.
posted 29 Mar 2013 by Sandy
The 'fiesta of the faithful'
Songs put words in our mouths, knowledge in our bones, and conviction about whose voice counts. Songs shape how a community lives out its faith.
posted 20 Mar 2013 by Sandy
Parable of the Dysfunctional Family
Jesus tells a familiar story to enable people of profoundly different perspective to realize just how costly and how precious reconciliation is.
posted 13 Mar 2013 by Jana
A World of Spiritual Diversity in One Park
Got your WOMADelaide tickets? The world music festival at our doorstep promises to expand your spirit and deepen your soul.
posted 08 Mar 2013 by Jana
In times of tragedy
Sadly, after the Boxing Day tsunami in which thousands were killed there was a suggestion that it was God's punishment. After each fresh tragedy, some fool continues to suggest this belief. And that's a tragedy of its own making.
posted 28 Feb 2013 by Sandy
Here is the picture we have from Luke's Gospel of the Transfiguration: Jesus, Moses and Elijah in a field the whitest luminescence. This is the Mark Rothko of gospel portrayals, a single palette of white upon white upon white until it glows.
posted 13 Feb 2013 by Jana
Not the God of small things
The trouble with being a prophet rather than a sideshow magician is that you donít aim to please.
posted 07 Feb 2013 by Jana
Coming, ready or not!
It is as if she propels him into action at this point, whether he is ready or not, to respond to the human need she has observed.
posted 21 Jan 2013 by Sandy
Religious life practiced on the margins
To sinners and saints alike, Jesus extends Godís compassion, mercy and grace.
posted 18 Jan 2013 by Sandy
Curiosity as the Mother of Revelation
Perhaps you donít get to be a wise person by knowing things, so much as by wanting to know things. Being curious. Asking questions. Following leads and signs and inklings and hunches.
posted 11 Jan 2013 by Jana
Lighting Candles this Christmas
So we light candles this Christmas, and pray that they may burn all year long: light in the shadows to show us the good, light on the path to show us how to be the good. In this we celebrate Emmanuel, God-with-us. tonight, tomorrow, every day.
posted 08 Jan 2013 by Jana
New Year Resolutions - hopes and dreams for 2013
God as this new year emerges, may we give birth to that which honours you. May we bring to life that which allows your goodness to shine. May we give fresh expression to your eternal world, and in the depths of our hearts may we cry: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
posted 01 Jan 2013 by Sandy