Author Archives: avrilhj

Sermon: Scarcity, Abundance, and ‘Enoughness’

We are not God, we are not called to be God, and so just as we are, we are good enough, perfect enough, powerful enough, strong enough, extraordinary enough. Continue reading

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Communion, the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, has many symbolic and spiritual meanings, but it is also always about feeding the world’s hungry. Continue reading

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Reflection: My chains fell off, my heart was free

I am proud of the Uniting Church and of every member of the Assembly who discerned a way forward with grace and humility. Continue reading

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Sermon: Kindred in unity

I believe that we will be able to live together in unity as kindred. That is not naïve optimism. It is faith based on what God has managed to do in the past. Continue reading

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Assembly Working Group on Doctrine response to Prof James Haire

Prof Haire’s response to the Report reveals a superficial and selective reading and, at times, a misreading or misrepresentation of its content. Continue reading

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Sermon: The importance of good biblical interpretation

Bad Biblical interpretation has been used by Christians to justify the most appalling crimes against humanity: slavery; the Holocaust; apartheid. We must read the Bible carefully, in context, and through the lens of Jesus’ commands that we love God and neighbour because the alternative is terrifying.   Continue reading

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Sermon: So, you want to have a king …

In the same way that we can be certain that the author of Samuel was wrong to attribute a desire for genocide to God, we can be certain that there are things that we believe about God today that will later be revealed to be wrong – because we are human and, as the Apostle Paul wrote, we currently only ‘see in a mirror, dimly’. Continue reading

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